Downtown Waukesha's Main Street re-opens early after construction project

It's back to normal in downtown Waukesha.

A construction project has finished a month ahead of schedule and that means Friday Night Live can now have all 10 music stages outdoors.

"With the construction, it was a little tricky because we had to have stages outside of the construction footprint, but we made it work," said organizer Susie Taylor. "They were either indoors or at a different location."

Despite the inconvenience, organizers said they are pleased with the improved look of downtown Waukesha.

The $2.5 million road project replaced water mains and sewers on Main Street. New sidewalks and terraces allow more room for pedestrians and restaurants to expand outdoor seating.

Norman Bruce, owner of Martha Merrell's Books, was worried about losing money during the construction. He said that likely happened, but crews worked hard and fast to accommodate business owners.

He said he's grateful to customers who shopped local amidst the mess.

"They want to support us and we look at how we can support them," Bruce said. "Friday Night Live is one of those ways we express that."

The music at Friday Night Live runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., but the fun continues afterward at local restaurants. The summer of entertainment lasts through September.

Also, with Main Street back open, the Fourth of July parade will now be on its normal route through downtown Waukesha. It starts at 11 a.m. on Monday.

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