Wisconsin Department of Transportation

I-794 – Lakefront Gateway

Milwaukee, WI

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and City of Milwaukee sought to create a new signature gateway connecting Milwaukee’s lakefront and downtown areas. They enlisted Benesch to lead the construction of this high profile project, located just east of the massive Marquette Interchange. The IH-794 Lakefront Gateway provides a new connection to the Milwaukee lakefront via the reconstruction and realignment of the Lake Interchange, extensions of Lincoln Memorial Drive and the reconstruction of Clybourn and Chicago Streets. Extensive traffic control coordination was required during the project’s staged construction due to its urban location. Nearby businesses also required access throughout the summer. Additional coordination was required due to Summerfest at the adjacent festival grounds along the lake, which saw more than 750,000 visitors during construction.

Benesch oversaw the construction of new bridge units, bridge rehabilitations, MSE retaining walls, EPS retaining walls, sign structures, excavation, concrete pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, stormwater BMP’s, traffic control, lighting, high mast lighting, landscaping, streetscaping, permanent signing and pavement marking.

Project highlights

  • Dense, urban location Utility relocations
  • Extensive coordination with local businesses to maintain access
  • Contaminated soil management
  • Installation of bio-filtration basins