WisDOT to Begin S. 27th Street Reconstruction Project

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is ramping up for the WIS 241 (South 27th Street) construction and would like to invite you to sign up to receive public meeting notices, project and traffic updates by e-mail during the construction phase.

Project Location

WIS 241 (S. 27th Street), W. Drexel Avenue to College Avenue (Cities of Franklin/Oak Creek).

Project Overview

Improvements Throughout the Project

  • Full reconstruction of the concrete pavement
  • Modifying median openings to improve safety
  • Adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
  • Aesthetic enhancements

Improvement of Intersections

  • Adding and extending right and left turn lanes
  • Updating traffic signals

Utility work is currently underway with construction anticipated to begin in March 2015.

Why is this project needed?

Built in the 1930s, the corridor is in need of modernization as demonstrated through a combination of factors that include:

Crash rates are above the statewide average for a majority of the corridor (Data for the three-year period from 2004 to 2006 was analyzed)

  • There were 296 total crashes of which 118 were injury crashes.
  • Crash rates between College and Rawson are twice the statewide average for this type of highway and above statewide average between Rawson and Drexel and from Ryan Road to the county line.
  • Injury crash rates between College and Rawson are 2.6 times the statewide average for this type of highway and more than two times the statewide average between Ryan Road and the county line and above average between Rawson and Drexel.
  • Over 50 percent of the accidents occurred at intersections.

Traffic Growth and Congestion

  • Due to the transition in adjacent land use from rural to urban uses, traffic is expected to grow along the entire corridor ata faster rate than the historic growth trend.
  • Traffic congestion will increase and operations at intersections will worsen by 2038.
  • WIS 241 is an incident management route for I-94 and may experience detoured traffic from I-94 if lanes are closed due to incidents.

Lack of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations

  • Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations are discontinuous throughout the corridor.