Governor Evers approves WIS 145 improvements to begin in Milwaukee County

​​​Release date: ​February 15, 2022

To invest in Wisconsin's transportation system, Governor Evers signed a $13.7 million contract to resurface WIS 145 (Fond du Lac Freeway) from 68th Street to Good Hope Road in the city of Milwaukee. The project also includes improving various bridges along WIS 145, as well as nearby WIS 175 (Appleton Avenue), and WIS 181 (76thStreet).

Work is scheduled to begin February 21, weather permitting. Payne and Dolan, Inc. is the prime contractor for the project and will implement the following:

Project Improvements
  • ​Resurfacing four miles of WIS 145
  • Restriping WIS 145 to become a two lane roadway facility inn each direction
    • The improvement will make use of the existing two-inside travel lanes in each direction.
    • The previous outside third lane will be converted to longer ramp acceleration and deceleration lanes allowing additional space to merge with mainline traffic, along with providing a wider shoulder.
  • Bridge deck replacement and painting of the Grantosa Drive bridges over WIS 145
  • Application of a thin polymer overlay to eight bridges located along WIS 145, WIS 175, and WIS 181
  • ​Spot repairs and painting to the WIS 145 bridges over the Union Pacific Railroad and Flag Avenue 
  • Repaving shoulders and installing new beam guard​​ along WIS 145 north of Good Hope Road
What to Expect
  • Traffic along WIS 145 will be reduced to one lane in each direction during construction
  • ​​Various temporary, directional, overnight, and full closures are necessary to facilitate different bridge work along the corridor.
  • Alternating directional closures at the Grantosa Drive bridge
  • Alternating directional closures at the Grantosa Drive bridge
  • Full closure of Flagg Avenue underneath the bridge.
  • Occasional nighttime roadway closures to facilitate bridge work
  • Various detour routes will be marked utilizing nearby adjacent roadways
For more information on the various closures, visit is scheduled for completion by fall​ 2022. The schedule is dependent on favorable weather conditions and construction progress.

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