Swan Park

From Spring, 2019 through Fall, 2021, The City of Wauwatosa will be replacing aged water and sewer infrastructure and reconstructing roads within the Swan Park Neighborhood.  Work will be staged over 3 construction seasons to lessen the impacts to residents. See a map of the construction.

The proposed work on Ridge Blvd, Harding Blvd., Wilson Blvd, 97th St and 96th St includes:

  • Replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer main and water main. These utilities were originally constructed between 1930 and 1950 and are nearing the end of their useful life.
  • Sidewalk, curb and driveway approach replacement as necessary
  • Street lighting, including replacing the cables and poles
    Reconstruction of the roadway
  • Replacement of street trees as necessary

Project Schedule

Anticipate construction May - November. These dates are weather-dependent.

The contractor will work on water main, water laterals, sanitary sewer, and then storm sewer in that order on each of the streets.

Watch earlier phases of the construction to anticipate when construction will be in front of your house. Also, continue to check this online timeline for schedule updates.

When construction is right in front of your driveway, you can anticipate being unable to access your driveway for 1-3 business days. We will deliver overnight street parking passes to you for any driveway outages.

The other driveway outage to anticipate is towards the end of the project when the street has to cure. That driveway outage will be 7-10 days.

Questions about Rats

Sometimes during construction, a rat's habitat can be disturbed and you might see them on your property. Learn about rats in Wauwatosa. The best way to prevent rats or other rodent activity on your property is to remove everything they need to survive:

  • Food sources, such as garbage, bird food, or compost piles
  • Water sources
  • Shelter, such as holes in your home or garage

On this project, we have placed a few rat bait stations in the construction zone. Rats are trapped within the station, consume a poison, and cannot leave the trap once inside. The stations are checked on a weekly basis to remove any trapped rats. The stations are pet and child proof.


Contact Nick Deming, Construction Manager at NDeming@wauwatosa.net or (414) 479-3541.

Video Overview of the Project


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