By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

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:"

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.