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Facade work to start Monday on Milwaukee City Hall

The northbound lanes of Water Street in downtown Milwaukee will be closed for most of this week as city crews remove part of the facade of City Hall.

Beginning Monday, northbound traffic will be redirected from Water Street onto Broadway Street and Kilbourn Avenue, according to a news release from the city’s Department of Public Works.

Crews will be removing a piece of terra cotta from City Hall as a “precautionary measure” before facade restoration work begins, according to an email attributed to DPW’s Sandy Rusch Walton.

J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc., Janesville, is under contract with the city to begin repair on the facade in early 2014. The contract is part of a settlement reached after the city sued Cullen in 2012 over past work it did on the facade.

The work is expected to be finished by Thursday, according to the release.

— Molly Willms

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