The Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to spend between $13 million and $13.99 million redecking the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee.
The project preparation work — taping and lane closures — started Monday. Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls, is targeting Nov. 19 to finish the preparation work.
Crews closed the northbound entrance ramp at Carferry Drive on Monday, and northbound traffic in that area will be periodically restricted, said Paul Trombino, WisDOT division operations director.
An advertisement seeking bids for construction and deck patching from Carferry Drive to the Lake Interchange will be published Oct. 12, and bids will be due Nov. 9.
City officials also coordinated with WisDOT to complete improvements on the north-bound Carferry Drive ramp. Jeff Polenski, Milwaukee city engineer, said the ramp’s turning radius will be altered to accommodate larger trucks hauling materials to the Port of Milwaukee.
Vinton Construction Company, Manitowoc, submitted the low bid of $325,000 to complete the project.
Bids were also let in September for the preparation work on the Hoan Bridge, with Lunda winning the project with a $214,052.48 bid, the lowest of four offers for the project.
The projects, as well as preliminary planning and engineering, bring the total cost of the Hoan work to $17 million, Trombino said.
“It is going to be an inconvenience, yes, but we do think there are some other routes,” he said. “If people still want to move north using the Hoan Bridge, they’ll just have to get on the highway a little further south” at Oklahoma or Howard avenues.
The Hoan opened in 1977 and carries about 43,000 vehicles per day, many of which Trombino said would seek alternate routes as a result of construction.
“I think any project that typically starts, you see some delay at first when people are still not used to the construction activities,” Trombino said. “Eventually, people find alternative routes and people begin to move more efficiently.”