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The future plans for the aging bridges on Watertown Plank Road west of Highway 100 (Mayfair Road) will be the focus of a public forum Wednesday, Nov. 16. The meeting will take place at the City of Wauwatosa Public Works Building, 11100 W. Walnut Road from 5 to 7 p.m.

The pair of bridges stretches over Underwood Creek and a set of train tracks operated by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Construction is scheduled to begin in late June 2017 and run through the fall of 2018.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said they are planning to rehabilitate the bridge by removing and replacing the existing deteriorated bridge decks. The plan the DOT will unveil also includes the slight widening of the bridge decks on both sides in order to provide for bicycle lanes on the bridge structures. Work will also take place on Watertown Plank Road west of Mayfair Road in order to make the roadway compatible with the widened bridge decks.

"It will extend the life of the bridge," DOT spokesman Brian DeNeve said. "We have made some decisions and we want to inform the public in an old-fashioned way with a public forum."

Traffic in the area will be affected by lane closures during peak hours and periodic overnight and Sunday closures of the entire bridge. When the bridge is shut down a suggested detour route is to take 116th Street to North Avenue and over to Mayfair Road.

The meeting will be in an open house format with representatives from the DOT and its design consultant present to provide information on the proposed improvements, answer questions and take comments.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, please contact Project Manager Nguyen Ly at 262-548-8739 or at nguyen.ly@dot.wi.gov. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Nguyen Ly, WisDOT, 141 NW Barstow St., P.O. Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187.

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