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This project will extend the earthen levee system 1,800 feet eastward to reduce flooding along State Street, build a new 1,200-foot-long floodwall, install four new storm sewers, and restore 1,500 feet of banks along the Menomonee River.
Work for the project has begun along the Menomonee River adjacent to Doyne Park. The informal walking trail along the tree line in the park will be closed during construction.
Thank you to all who attended the Western Milwaukee Phase 2B project open house held at Hawthorn Glen on October 17!
We will hold another public meeting for the project prior to the start of construction along State St. Look for an announcement about the public meeting in January 2024.
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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is partnering with the City of Milwaukee and City of Wauwatosa to make flood risk reduction improvements along the Menomonee River in Western Milwaukee along West State Street between North 60 Street and USH 175.
This project is part of the larger Menomonee River Watercourse Management Plan which aims to reduce the risk of flooding for over 300 homes and businesses. To see the existing floodplain map visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center.
The Western Milwaukee Phase 2B Project will:
View of project area from North Hawley bridge looking west.
View of project area across the Menomonee River from Doyne Park looking east along the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The Western Milwaukee Phase 2B earthen levee will be similar to the earthen levee down river that was built as part of the Western Milwaukee Phase 1 project.
Graphic rendering of project area looking west towards the Hawley Road bridge.
To recognize the levee system's flood risk reduction benefits there will be a levee system accreditation application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the entire Menomonee River levee system (shown in map below) and a remapping of the floodplain in the surrounding project area following completion of the project. The FEMA review is expected to take up to three years after construction completion. There are some structures that will remain in the mapped floodplain after the levee system is completed. These structures remaining in the floodplain will be evaluated for other flood risk reduction approaches such as voluntary floodproofing and voluntary acquisition.
2017 - 2023 Finalize Design
2023 - 2025 Construction
2026 - 2028 FEMA Review
2029 Anticipated Update of the Floodplain Map
*Project timeline is subject to change
MMSD is completing the final design.