Contrary to some social media postings, work in the Village of Wauwatosa early Aug. 9 was part of scheduled construction and not, as some thought, a water main break.
According to Wauwatosa's water superintendent, Jim Wojcehowicz, the work was planned in conjunction with the Chancery restaurant, 7615 W. State St. and involved hooking up an existing water line to the restaurant, all part of the ongoing streetscape redevelopment work in the Village.
David Jaeckels, a construction communication liaison with the city, said the work involves switching lines from an older water service to a new one. The water is shut down and then later blown out through a fire hydrant to take any pressure or bubbles out of the system.
Similar projects were scheduled for the following days.
Other ongoing work
According to information from the city, the week of Aug. 8 marks somewhat of a milestone for the State Street streetscaping project, which will replace old infrastructure and road surface along State Street from 68th to Church streets. The project also includes streetscaping and way-finding signage throughout the entire Village area.
By this week, most of the major underground utility work was scheduled to be completed. Some remaining water and storm sewer lateral work will be completed through Aug. 16. The next major phase is the removal of the road surface and sidewalks, which contractors started Aug. 8.
City officials have said the majority of work will reach completion by the end of October, weather permitting.
Harmonee Bridge lane closures
Wauwatosa residents and those who travel through the Village should take note of prolonged lane closures on the Harmonee Bridge beginning Aug. 11. Lanes could be shut down for four to five weeks, but construction crews are shooting for completion by the time school starts this fall. One lane in each direction will be closed, Jaeckels said.
Workers will install a new intersection and complete some work on the bridge itself, Jaeckels said.
Contractors have started working on the demolition of the State Street road surface and sidewalks and, starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 11, they will cross Harmonee Avenue at Menomonee River Parkway. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes during the closure.