Some UWM bus routes re-routed until noon

Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 13:19:21-05

A stretch of Kenwood Boulevard across from the UW-Milwaukee Student Union was once again open to traffic on Friday morning.

Kenwood Boulevard between Maryland Avenue and Downer Avenue was closed Thursday, along with several streets just south of there, due to UW-Milwaukee hosting this week’s Democratic Presidential Debate.  

Milwaukee County Transit Buses that regularly stop on the closed area of Kenwood Boulevard were being re-routed until noon Friday as part of the scheduled traffic changes.

“We work closely with UW-Milwaukee all the time,” said county transit spokesperson Brendan Conway.“We think there may have been some riders who this was a new experience for, but that’s why we try to communicate it as clearly as we can."

Conway said Milwaukee County Transit received approximately three calls to its customer service center regarding the detours while they were in effect.

Student William Brown, who rides the bus to campus each day, said he was somewhat frustrated by the changes.

“It was well-organized, but it was horrible at the same time,” Brown said.

  • Information on the rerouting and detours

Brown said campus became a chaotic place as spectators and the media converged on UW-Milwaukee for this week’s debate. He said the bus detours contributed to the confusion.

But Mike Schmit, Associate Diretcor of the UW-Milwaukee Student Union, said he thinks most students were OK with the changes.

“Speaking with students here, the ones that were in the union, they didn’t seem to have much concern,” Schmit said.

Elsewhere on campus, the UW-Milwaukee said that parking in the union garage would likely be at a premium Friday.

The parking lot at the Zelazo Center, where Thursday night’s debate was held, will be closed until Friday evening, according to the UWM website.