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Photo Updates: Swan Blvd. Re-paving and Roundabout Construction

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation anticipates that Swan Blvd. will re-open in early to mid October.
Post Date:08/28/2019 12:36 PM

About the Project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is repaving Swan Blvd from I-41 to the bridge over MMSD's detention basins. In addition to repaving, they are constructing a roundabout at the intersection of Swan Blvd and Discovery Parkway and adding multiuse paths on either side of Swan Blvd. These improvements are part of traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures.

A new segment of roadway will be constructed from the roundabout north to the Forest Exploration Center that will be developed at a future date.

Timeline

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation anticipates that Swan Blvd. will re-open in early to mid October.

Photo Updates (Taken August 28, 2019)

Below: A view of the new roundabout at Swan Blvd and Discovery Parkway

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Below: A view of the first layer of asphalt on Swan Blvd between 1-41 and Discovery Parkway. The newly paved road continues past Discovery Parkway to the MMSD basins.

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Below: Discovery Parkway is being repaved from Swan Blvd to Eschweiler Dr.

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What is a roundabout?

Roundabouts are one-way circular intersections. Traffic moves counterclockwise around a center island and drivers can choose their exit. There are yield signs at the entrances rather than stop signs or traffic signals which helps traffic move at a safe and efficient speed.

Research on crashes at intersections and roundabouts show that the roundabout design is safer. “At traditional intersections, we see T-bone and head-on collisions, and they are often the ones that tend to be serious. Roundabout designs eliminate these type of collisions because all traffic moves in the same direction and at slower speeds,” says Wauwatosa Police Captain Chris Fox.

Navigate a roundabout 

  • As you approach a roundabout, you'll see a "roundabout ahead" sign.
  • The basic rule of a roundabout is yielding. The traffic already in the roundabout has the right of way.
  • Look left, and when an opening appears, enter the roundabout.
  • Continue in the roundabout until your exit.

For more info on navigating roundabouts, visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s “How Roundabouts Work.”

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