Construction to wrap May 31


Months after it was originally scheduled to conclude, a road-widening project on a small portion of Sunset Drive has continued into this spring.

The $1.78 million project, which began about a year ago, involves the reconstruction and widening of East Sunset Drive – roughly between Les Paul Parkway/Highway 164 and Sunset View – from two lanes to four lanes, relocation and installation of utilities (including storm sewer and water and street lighting equipment) as well as upgrading cross walks, curb ramps and sidewalks to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

According to information from the city's department of public works, construction was expected to conclude last fall.

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But "construction delays" pushed the project back months after its original deadline, City Engineer Michael Grulke said this month. Construction is now expected to be complete May 31. (Information about the project on the city's website indicates that it is expected to last at least a few more weeks.)

The work effort was one of several construction projects undertaken by the city last year in what officials called the busiest construction period in Waukesha's history.

The latest work on the project, which includes the installation of concrete medians and street light bases, will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction on East Sunset. Those lanes will be pushed to the outside of the roadway from the Meijer supercenter driveway to Les Paul.

According to the project summary, some traffic movements will be restricted for periods of time during the construction, but every effort will be made to maintain all driveway movements at all times.

Anyone with additional questions or concerns about the project can contact Grulke by phone at 262-524-3590 or email at

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