Milwaukee Avenue closure extended for bridge project

Publication Date
Monday, November 06, 2023

Milwaukee Avenue will remain closed at Kilbourn Avenue until June 2024 as part of Metra’s project to replace the bridge over the roadway and rebuild the nearby Grayland Station. The road was expected to be open by the end of December but permitting delays and the onset of winter will push back the reopening until June.

Signs for the vehicular and bicycle detours will remain in place until road reopens. Southeast-bound vehicular traffic on Milwaukee Avenue is rerouted south on Cicero Avenue and east on Addison Street back to Milwaukee Avenue. Northwest-bound traffic is diverted west on Addison and north on Cicero to Milwaukee.

Bicycle and pedestrian traffic are rerouted along Addison Street and Kilbourn Avenue, and protected bike lanes are in place on Addison during the closure.

Metra is in the middle of a $36.1 million project to replace the 123-year-old bridge that carries the Milwaukee District North Line over Milwaukee near Kilbourn. As part of this project, Grayland Station, just south of the bridge, is being rebuilt with longer platforms, new public address equipment, visual information signs, shelters with on-demand heat on each side, new lighting and new stairs and ramps, making it fully ADA-compliant.