Friday, September 28, 2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the border of Port Washington and Saukville marked the official end of the 16-month project.
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 …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Crews will be pouring final sections of pavement in Saukville next week, and work on the Highway 33 project is now set for an October completion.
One lane under the Interstate 43 bypass will close next week as construction crews pour final pavement as part of the Highway 33 project. "Crews are setting forms to pour the final sections of the new deck by the end of next week," according to the Saukville weekly newsletter. "They will need to temporarily close one lane under the overpass for less than a day to place stone and binder oil on the slopes along the abutments. The work is scheduled for an October 2012 completion." Port Washington City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven said it's likely much needed rain the area got during August is to blame for project delays; crews had hoped the project would be finished in August. "The type of pavement marking they're installing is not paint," …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Port Washington aldermen express concerns and frustration about the amount of signage surrounding the new roundabouts on the nearly-completed Highway 33 project.
With the Highway 33 construction project nearly over, Port Washington aldermen are concerned that nothing has been done regarding complaints about the excessive amount of signs lining the highway. There are "pedestrian crossing" signs, "one way" signs," "roundabout ahead," signs, arrows and more that are meant to direct traffic around the three newly built roundabouts on the highway. Concerns have been raised both about driver confusion and the possibility of excess signage creating an eyesore — but nothing has changed. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has said that the number of signs leading up to the roundabouts meet statewide guidelines; DOT Communications Specialist Mike Pyritz said signage decisions can depend on the …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A construction crew struck a gas line in the 800 block of Green Bay Avenue; We Energies responded and fixed the leak within 30 minutes, but the incident caused traffic delays.
A gas leak was started by a construction crew on Highway 33 in Saukville, causing traffic delays between the village and Port Washington. The leak was reported around 4 p.m. Wednesday, when a construction crew caused the accident in the 800 block of East Green Bay Avenue, according to We Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze. Schulze said gas was turned off for three surrounding businesses, but it has since been restored. The leak was stopped by around 4:30 p.m., and repairs had been completed by 6:30 p.m. The Saukville Police Department did not answer calls from Patch, but Port resident Tim Schwister said traffic was still backed up around 5:45 p.m. as a result of the gas leak repair. As of 6:30 p.m., Ozaukee Dispatch said traffic was back …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Port Washington city administrator Mark Grams hoped the Highway 33 closure would last only one day. But with the high temperatures, crews won't be able to reopen the road until Tuesday afternoon.
While Highway 33 was scheduled to reopen Tuesday at 6 a.m., drivers will have to wait just a little bit longer. The highway was scheduled to be closed all day Monday for paving, but Port Washington Director of Public Works Robert Vanden Noven said that due to the heat advisory for Ozaukee County, the highway will not reopen until Tuesday afternoon. Initially, the Department of Transportation Project Manager Gary Metzer said they had hoped to wrap up the project sometime in late spring of this year, but Port Washington City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven said the project is now slated to end on Aug. 17. The highway is set to close July 16 for final construction of the roundabout at the intersection with LL, and traffic will have to take the …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Highway 33 project is slated to end in August with a detour set for July 16 to complete one of three new roundabouts. Navigating these intersections can be tricky — so check out the DOTs interactive tutorial and learn how.
Around and around and around you go — where you stop? Nobody knows? That might be the feeling some drivers have when navigating roundabouts on the roadway, but with three such intersections in active use along Highway 33, Port Washington and Saukville officials are hopeful residents are getting used to them. "I'm personally really getting used to them, I think they will do what they're designed to do … its just something that we have to change our driving habits," Saukville Police Chief Bill Meloy said. Meloy said the department has responded to three minor accidents in the roundabouts, but he blames the fact that the area is currently "busy" with construction workers, gravel-littered roads and other distractions — rather than incorrect …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Traffic patterns along Highway 33 will switch to the outside lanes as construction workers prepare to finish up the portion of road between Summit and Portview drives; the crew is also proposing some night time paving as part of the project.
Traffic along Highway 33 in Port Washington will shift to the outside lanes on Thursday as crews come closer to finishing work that has kept a portion of Grand Avenue closed since early April. Port Washington City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven said the portion of road between Summit and Portview drives will reopen at the end of the day May 25; any work needing to be finished after that day will be completed "under traffic." The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday night also approved possible night paving for the highway project. "With the amount of traffic we have on 33, (the Department of Transportation) recommends we pave it at night," Vanden Noven said, adding that he thought the night paving will likely consist of not more than two …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The portion of Grand Avenue that has been closed to traffic as part of the Highway 33 construction project since early April is still on track to open by the end of May.
The portion of Grand Avenue that has been closed to traffic as part of the Highway 33 construction project since early April is still on track to open by the end of May, Port Washington city officials said. Port Washington City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven said paving of the section between Summit and Portview drives should be complete within the next two weeks, and the street will then remain closed while the crew finishes the sidewalks and restores the landscaping. "It's moving along," Vanden Noven said. "I wanted to push them to get it done by Memorial Day." During the week of May 14, Vanden Noven said they plan to shift traffic to the outside lanes and the medians of Highway 33 as work on the roundabouts begins. Initially, the Department…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A roundup of the latest activity from the police blotter also includes a break-in misunderstanding, a couple keyed vehicles and outdoor urination.
It's obvious that some drivers are having a hard time adapting to the portion of Highway 33 that is currently closed while under construction. Police received numerous complainst at 5:17 p.m. Saturday about vehicles attempting to pass through the construction zone even though the area is clearly marked "road closed to through traffic." The closed section is between Summit and Portview drives, and will be closed for the months of April and May. Traffic is supposed to reroute onto South Spring Street (also Highway 32) to County Highway LL, back to Hwy. 33 during that time. Officers are monitoring the area and will issue warnings and citations to violators. More from the reports:
Monday, March 19, 2012
Work on the Highway 33 construction project is again underway, with most of the immediate changes happening on the Saukville end of the street.
Workers are back on the job for the Highway 33 construction project. Port Washington City Administrator Mark Grams said in an e-mail that most of the initial work will be on the Saukville end of the project, with traffic switching to the westbound lanes; The north side of Hwy. 33 from Market Street to the Port Washington State Bank bridge is scheduled for removal, according to Saukville's weekly newsletter. Changing lanes and lane restrictions should also be expected. Initially, the Department of Transportation Project Manager Gary Metzer said they had hoped to wrap up the project sometime in late spring of this year, but Grams said the "anticipated completion date is now sometime this fall." The Highway 33 project calls for expanding the …