Wilson Park Creek Project Phase 1 Rendering

Wilson Park Creek Reach 3

Project Update

Following the public meeting in October 2019, we have been working to incorporate feedback received and continue to move the project forward. Over the last year, the team:

  • finalized details of the flood storage basin (Phase 1),
  • advanced soil sampling (Phase 1),
  • completed preliminary design at South 5th and South 6th Street (Phase 2), and
  • formalized a partnership with the City of Oak Creek to beneficially reuse clean excavated soil.

To build the flood storage basin, MMSD plans to remove about 200,000 cubic yards (about 15,000 dump trucks) of clean soil. Through a partnership with the City of Oak Creek, the dirt has found a new home


Construction of the flood storage basin is on schedule for groundbreaking in late 2021!  Scroll down on the page and subscribe to future email updates!


Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 Project Overview

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is partnering with the City of Milwaukee and others to construct the Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 flood management project.  The project is located between West Layton Avenue at South 1st Street and the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPRR) tracks near I-94/43, on the southside of the City of Milwaukee. It drains approximately 3.7 square miles of highly urbanized land uses, including the majority of General Mitchell International Airport.

Approximately half of this section of Wilson Park Creek channel (4,750-feet) is concrete-lined and in poor condition.  The creek fills quickly during rain events, and occasionally, these flood flows spill over the banks. New information now indicates that approximately 60 structures within the project area are at a high risk of flooding.

The Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 project is one part of a larger Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Plan, with the goal of reducing flood risk, improving public safety, improving riparian and aquatic habitat, and enhancing stream channel aesthetics. This is achieved by designing and constructing a flood storage basin, replacing the concrete lining and non-concrete lined stream channel with more natural stream design, and increasing the culvert capacity under South 5th and 6th Street.

A printable overview for the Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 project can be found here.

Wilson Park Creek REACH 3 Project Map

Click the arrow on the top left-hand side to view the map legend.

  

Project Benefits

The Wilson Park Creek project will help to address issues related to floodwater management by:

  • Reducing Flood Risk
  • Increasing Public Safety
  • Improving Riparian (area adjacent to the river) & Aquatic Habitat
  • Enhancing Stream Channel Aesthetic
  • Leveraging Additional Community Objectives

 

Project Phases

Preliminary engineering was completed in July 2018 for the recommendations above within Wilson Park Creek Reach 3. The final design has been divided into two phases:

  • Phase 1: Final design of the flood storage facility, channel widening, and naturalization downstream of South 6th street.
  • Phase 2: Final design of concrete removal/channel widening, naturalization up to West Layton Avenue, and South 5th and South 6th conveyance improvements.

 

Project Timeline

The project timeline is subject to change.

  • Summer 2019
    • Community Events
    • Completion of Preliminary Design
  • October 2019 – Public Open House
  • Summer 2019 through 2021 – Phase 1 Final Design
  • 2021 through 2022 – Phase 1 Partial Flood Storage Basin Construction
  • 2021 through 2023 – Phase 2 Final Design
  • 2024 - 2026 – Remaining Phase 1 and Phase 2 Construction
Wilson Park Creek Project Phase 1 Rendering Map MMSD

  

Get Involved 

MMSD will conduct a number of stakeholder and public outreach activities throughout the entirety of the project to provide information, obtain project input and feedback.

Sign-up for email updates, and stay tuned to our website and MMSD social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for upcoming Wilson Park Creek outreach activities.

Project Partners

MMSD is partnered with the following entities on the Wilson Park Creek project:

Additional Resources

 

 

Project Photos

  • Channel Rendering

    Channel Rendering

    Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 – Phase 2 preliminary channel rendering looking west toward South 5th Street.

  • Looking West Downstream of South 6th Street.

    Looking West Downstream of South 6th Street.

    This section of channel will be widened to increase its flow capacity during extreme events and the turf grass will be replaced with trees, shrubs and prairie plantings.

  • Wilson Park Creek Channel Looking West Toward South 5th Street

    Wilson Park Creek Channel Looking West Toward South 5th Street

    The section of concrete channel will be replaced with a wider and naturized section.

  • Wilson Park Creek Channel looking west toward South 6th Street

    Wilson Park Creek Channel looking west toward South 6th Street

    This existing culvert will be replaced with a larger structure to increase its flow capacity during extreme events.

  • Stakeholder Meeting

    Stakeholder Meeting

    MMSD Project Manager Courtney Allen giving a stakeholder presentation to Gateway to Milwaukee board of directors (spring 2019) on the Wilson Park Creek Reach 3 project.

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