Sixteen months after work began, the Highway 33 reconstruction between Saukville and Port Washington was officially completed Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Some work continues at the I-43 exchange, but the east-west expansion from I-43 to Tower Drive is open to traffic. Extra lanes, roundabouts and improved pedestrian bicycle access were key components of an improvement that officials in both communities had planned with Department of Transportation officials for more than a decade.
“It really is in my mind, it’s not just a project, it’s transformative,” Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said at Friday’s ceremony..”It’s not only an impressive gateway into the city and into the village, but from a connectivity standpoint … in terms of pedestrian access, and really in terms of economic value, it’ can’t be (overstated).
Dignitaries from the city, village and state were present at Friday's ceremony at the intersection of Highway 33 and Jackson Road, near the border of the two communities.