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I-794 changes may affect your commute.
I-794 changes may affect your commute.

Closures, ahem, ramp up on I-794 project

Perhaps you've noticed that sometimes the Lincoln Memorial Drive ramp to head west on I-794 is open and sometimes it's closed, leading you to enter just to the west at Jackson Street.

Well, that Jackson Street entrance is closing now and there are other changes kicking in as part of the work on the Hoan and 794. Here's the full text of a message I just got from Rep. Jon Richards detailing the changes.

Happy motoring, Milwaukee.

(UPDATE: Michael Pyritz of the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation called to say that due to weather, the lane shifts and two ramp closures discussed below will now take place Friday night and into Saturday morning.)

"Road construction crews have started ramping up their work on the I-794 Lake Freeway and the Hoan Bridge reconstruction project. As a result, some ramps are closing down.

"Starting today, the I-794 Westbound exit ramp to Milwaukee Street is closed through late 2015. Use the Lincoln Memorial Drive exit ramp northbound as a detour route.

"Also today, traffic driving north on the Hoan Bridge will be moved to a new temporary roadway that connects to I-794 Westbound. Speed on the new roadway will be reduced.

"Tomorrow, the Jackson Street entrance ramp to I-794 Westbound will be closed until late 2014.

"As an alternate route, the Department of Transportation advises using the Lincoln Memorial Drive entrance ramp to I-794, or continue west on Clybourn Street to the 6th Street entrance ramp to I-794 West.

"Drivers can also continue west on Clybourn Street to the 2nd Street entrance ramp to I-43 north or south.

"I have asked the DOT to do all they can to minimize the traffic impacts of road construction in Milwaukee. Please contact my office with your ideas on how to improve traffic safety during construction.

"For more information about the I-794 Lake Freeway/Hoan Bridge Project, including maps of the lane and ramp closures, go here: http://projects.511wi.gov/web/hoan-bridge-project."

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