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Downtown construction work has moved into its second phase with a portion of South Street closing to through traffic to accommodate the work.

The closure, which was planned and has been discussed, comes amid a months-long reconstruction project aimed at replacing aging infrastructure and adding parking in the central part of the city.

Work began on the project in early March, when a portion of North Grand Avenue roughly between the Five Points and Wisconsin Avenue was closed.

South, between Clinton Street and Grand, was slated to close to traffic and on-street parking on Friday, April 28. Those segments of Grand and South could remain closed until early July, when the project is expected to conclude.

According to city engineering staff, the reconstruction work will include the installation of a new water main, relay and lining of the sanitary sewer main and laterals, rehabilitation of the storm sewer, reconstruction of a pedestrian ramp, replacement of sidewalks, and installation of a wider stone paver terrace.

Project staff have said the city will also add 11 parking spaces within the project footprint.

The 2017 work marks the fourth consecutive year the city has undertaken a downtown construction project, and two more years of central city work are planned.

The third and final phase of the project, which will conclude the underground and road reconstruction work, is scheduled to begin in May.

Anyone with questions or who is interested in receiving regular updates about the project should contact City Project Manager Brandon Schwenn by phone at 262-524-3585 or email bschwenn@ci.waukesha.wi.us.

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