National Avenue (WIS 59) Project - Milwaukee County


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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works plan to rebuild 2.6-miles of W. National Avenue (WIS 59) between 1st Street and 39th Street. National Avenue is currently an urban 4-lane, undivided principal arterial roadway, and Connecting Highway.

The proposed rebuild consists of improving safety measures for all modes of transportation, including walking and biking. Improvements will include reducing the number of travel lanes from 4-lanes to 2-lanes along the majority of the project limits, adding safer pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, perpetuating mass transit, installing ADA curb ramps and improved street lighting, and updating traffic signals. Included in the project is replacement of all roadway pavement, curb, some sidewalk segments and driveway approaches, as well as replacing storm sewers.

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Public Involvement

Public Involvement Meeting #3 - Spring 2023

  • ​Project Update
  • Share roadway typical cross section improvement options
  • Share concept roadway improvement plan

Public Involvement Meeting #2 - September 17 and 22, 2022

​Public Involvement Meeting #1 - November 18 and 19, 2020

Recordings and information provided at public meetings are available at


Project is currently in preliminary​ design phase. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2026.

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