Utility work underway for Milwaukee streetcar

Posted at 7:08 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 21:51:30-04

We Energies has begun their part of the preparations for Milwaukee's highly contested streetcar.

Despite varied opinions on whether Milwaukee should have a streetcar, the project is approved and the estimated $20 million utility preparation could be done as soon as early May.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works issued the following statement:

"The development of The Milwaukee Streetcar is moving forward. Preliminary utility work is underway and will continue this spring.  The Milwaukee Streetcar’s Phase 1 route is slated to begin serving area residents, workers and visitors in 2018 with the Lakefront Line extension launching service in 2019."

We Energies explained to TODAY'S TMJ4 that they hope the utility work in high-traffic areas will be done in time for people to use sidewalks as usual during the summer. They said some of the project includes moving electric panels below ground to allow for the streetcar.