It was a big week for the Milwaukee Streetcar Project, as the first new 67-foot-long streetcar arrived from Pennsylvania on March 26.
Local news media reported Mayor Tom Barrett’s enthusiasm as he called the car’s arrival “a significant step forward.”
It was the first of five streetcars scheduled to arrive this year, and passengers should be able to begin riding it by November.
Service for the initial downtown route is schedule to begin in fall, with the lakefront line to follow in 2019, according to the Milwaukee Streetcar web site.
Changes to happen this year and next
The 2.5-mile streetcar route will connect the Milwaukee Intermodal Station with the city’s lower east side, the web site said.
“We all want our economy to thrive in Milwaukee, so we feel that if we expand the routes and are able to find different means of transportation, it will definitely improve the quality of life in our city,” said Briana Tucker, office manager for Kiewit Infrastructure Co., a main subcontractor for the project.
In the meantime, The Milwaukee Streetcar web site features changes to anticipate in the coming weeks.
What to expect now
For example, crews will be completing the curved piece of rail at the intersection of Michigan Street and Milwaukee Street starting Monday, April 2. According to the web site:
“There will be no northbound access on Milwaukee Street for one block between Clybourn Street and There will be no northbound access on Milwaukee Street for one block between Clybourn Street and Michigan Street, no eastbound access on Michigan Street for one block between Milwaukee Street and Jefferson Street and no through traffic on Jefferson Street at Michigan Street. Motorists should use Broadway and Wisconsin Avenue to get around the closure.”
This work is expected to take about two weeks.
“Be assured that we always work hard to minimize the impact of these events, but, if you have a concern do not hesitate to contact us,” the web site reads. “The project team appreciates your patience during this period of construction in your area.”
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