Milwaukee Streetcar construction causes frustration for drivers

Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 14:16:53-04

The Milwaukee streetcar project moves along as traffic downtown remains congested. Several main streets are torn up for the project and it's going to stay that way for several months.

Milwaukee's street car system is making progress but some aren't fans of all the traffic. Dan Murphy doesn't believe this project will benefit the city.

"It's nuts, it's just ridiculous the traffic, every other street is closed off, one way, they're taking away parking over here. There's no place to park,” said Murphy.

Mayor Tom Barrett walked a section of the street car route Wednesday with construction workers and he's motivated by the work.

"We're definitely on time and on budget. We're where we should be right now," said Barrett.

Barrett knows drivers are upset and says the city is doing its best to work through disruptions.

"Anytime your daily routine is altered any way that can be frustrating but we're trying to do it in a way that will minimize those disruptions," said Barrett.

And business owner Jamal Shawar agrees, the city will have to make it through this minor setback to benefit in the future. He says his downtown business is still doing well.

"I'm sure it’s going to be a nice image for the city. It's not bad; it's not that much of a problem," said Shawar.

Barrett says the streetcar project should be complete by late 2018. He says the trains are being constructed right now and could be delivered later this year.