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Milwaukee's DPW plans to make streets safer for bicyclists

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The streets of Milwaukee can be dangerous for bicyclists trying to get around.

Milwaukee’s Department of Public works unveiled a project they have in the works to help make the roads safer for everyone.

James Hanning of the Department of Public Works says the plan is to convert some roads in the Riverwest neighborhood into bicycle boulevards.

The bicycle boulevards would be on E. Wright Street from Palmer to the Oak Leaf Trail and N. Fratney Street from Meinecke Avenue to Keefe Avenue.

Hanning says the project will cost $800,000 with 80% of the funding coming from a federal grant. 

What is a bicycle boulevard? Hanning says it’s a road that uses safety measures to help slow down traffic to make it safer for bikers and pedestrians.

 “Speed humps, curb extensions, mini traffic circles, even signal detection to make it a little easier for a bike to go through an intersection,” Hanning said.

Residents got to weigh in on what they would like to see for the project at a meeting Thursday night

The details of the project will be finalized next year and construction will start in the summer of 2020.

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