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  Anticipated work schedule for next week:                                August 1, 2014 to August 7, 2014

  1. Nickles Electric will continue installing underground facilities for street lighting and traffic signals. 
  2. R.G. Huston will continue to install sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer between Brearly and Few Streets.  Grading crews will fine grade base course between Butler and Paterson Street.    
  3. JW Schultz will complete placing new sidewalk and curb and gutter between Butler Street and Paterson Street on the south side of E. Johnson.  Crews will also place new curbs in the median at the Baldwin Street intersection.
  4. West-Land Restoration will begin to place topsoil between the curb and sidewalk.
  5. Payne and Dolan will pave lower layer of asphalt pavement between Butler and Paterson Streets and also in the median area at Baldwin Street.
  6. Private utility contractors for MG&E will continue to install underground facilities for private utilities between Hancock and Blount Streets on the south side of E. Johnson Street.  These crews will also be installing a new gas main near Ingersoll Street.

Stage 2c,d:                  Construct sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and water main in median areas of the Baldwin Street intersection, in addition to roadway work.
Stage 2a,b,c,d:            Construct south side of E. Johnson Street, including water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, electrical work, and roadway items.
Traffic Pattern:
East Johnson Street traffic will remain reduced to one lane through the entire project.  E. Gorham Street will remain reduced to one lane through the N. Baldwin St. intersection.  N. Hamilton Street will remain reduced to one way (SB) only traffic between E. Johnson Street and Webster Street.      
Planned Intersection Closures:
N. Butler Street south of E. Johnson Street (long term closure)
N. Livingston Street south of E. Johnson Street (long term closure)
N. Paterson Street south of E. Johnson Street (Wednesday, August 6)
N. Baldwin Street south of E. Johnson Street is open to Johnson Street, but remains closed to cross traffic.
Project Completion Date:  May 30, 2015
Interim Completion Date Stage 2:  August 11, 2014
Interim Completion Date Stage 5:  November 2, 2014

Project Overview

The proposed project includes reconstruction of East Johnson Street to a one-way, urban roadway, with 2-3 lanes, similar to the existing roadway.  The proposed street layout will include two through lanes with additional lanes on each side of the street for parking or right turns.  Parking lanes may be used for traffic during peak traffic hours. An on street bike lane will also be added with the project.  The reconstruction of the street will include the replacement of the pavement, base material, curb and gutter and drive aprons. The proposed project will also include replacement of the sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer systems as well as improvements to the street lighting and traffic signal systems. The existing sidewalk on both sides of the street will remain in place, with replacement of any damaged sections to ensure ADA compliance and replacement of any sections as required for installation of sanitary sewer laterals.  All disturbed terrace areas will be restored with topsoil and reseeded.


Public Meetings

Bi-Weekly Construction Meetings

The City will hold bi-weekly construction meetings during the project for public to ask questions and learn about the project.  The next bi-weekly construction meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Community room of the Constellation, 10 N Livingston Street.  Following meetings will continue on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 1:00 in the same location.  Interested businesses and residents are encouraged to attend.


Contacts during construction                                                                                                                

Construction Oversight – Ryan Horst, Project Leader (414) 397-5329

Construction Field Office - (608) 575-1119

City Project Manager – Glen Yoerger, (608) 261-9177

City Traffic Engineering- Tom Mohr, (608) 267-8725



Full plan set:  53W0740 Plan Set

Special Provisions:  53W0740 specs

Summary of roadway improvements:  Plan Details

Traffic Study

In fall of 2011 through spring of 2012, the City studied the implications of converting Johnson and Gorham to two-way streets along the corridor. Two public meetings were held to discuss the results of the study and obtain public input.

The first meeting was held on Thursday, November 10th, at 6pm at the Christ Presbyterian Church at 944 E. Gorham St.  A copy of the presentation can be found here:  2011-11-10 Presentation

The second public information meeting was held on March 1st at 6pm at the Christ Presbyterian Church at 944 E. Gorham St.  A copy of the presentation can be found here: 2012-03-01 PIM Presentation Handout

A final report has been prepared regarding the study and can be found here: 

East Johnson Street Traffic Study Report

East Johnson Street Traffic Study Appendices

Map of East Johnson