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Crews to begin work on WIS 59 ahead of Zoo Interchange project

Traffic on Greenfield Avenue passes construction barrels Friday in West Allis. Paving and improvement work will begin Monday on a 1.2-mile stretch of the road. The $4.7 million project is being done now to help support traffic that will pass through the area with the upcoming Zoo Interchange project. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Work by Payne and Dolan Inc., Waukesha, to repave a 1.2-mile stretch of WIS 59 between 106th and 124th streets in Milwaukee County will begin Monday and is expected to last into November, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The street’s outer lanes will be open to traffic as crews focus on inner lanes at the start of the project, and work will transition to the outer lanes in the fall.

The project will also add left-turn lanes and extend existing turn lanes at the 108th Street intersection, extend existing turn lanes at the 116th and 124th street intersections, improve traffic signals at multiple intersections, create bicycle lanes, and improve access for pedestrians and transit users.

The estimated cost of the project is $4.7 million, according to WisDOT.

The project is expected to be completed before work begins on the Zoo Interchange so motorists can use WIS 59 as an alternate route during that project.

— Beth Kevit

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