Now that it is officially summer in Milwaukee, the orange barrels (the city's unofficial summer flower) have been sprouting up along various streets and roadways. The construction season can cause a huge hassle if you're not prepared for it. However, tools do exist to help minimize the headaches caused by the repaving of roadways.
Information is available at the city level. The Department of Public Works (DPW) lists construction projects that may affect traffic patterns. Also available from the city is a powerful tool called Map Milwaukee. Among other things, it has a tool that allows the user to view current and upcoming paving projects in the city. To view a description of how to use this feature, and to access Map Milwaukee, click here.
Available from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an up to the minute map of Milwaukee-area congestion levels for the various freeways that go through and around Milwaukee. Also available are listings of Milwaukee-area lane and ramp closures.
These tools should help to minimize some of the impact that construction has on traffic patterns in Milwaukee.