Delays hit Highway 100 starting today

CREATED Apr. 7, 2013

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WAUWATOSA - A Wisconsin DOT project along Highway 100 in Wauwatosa has led to a shift in traffic Monday, and it could cause you delays.
 
If you don't plan ahead, that is.
 
"It seems this construction has been going on for a few years," said Karen Henson, who drives in the area.
 
"What should be taking 10 minutes is taking 25 to 30, so it's inconvenient."
 
"It's just kind of a mess," Kody Weisman says.
 
Weisman is already frustrated by the closure of the off-ramp from I-94 to Highway 100. 
 
The Elm Grove man uses it daily to go back and forth to school.
 
"Traffic flow is definitely different and since I come from school on the east side, I usually get off of I-94 on Highway 100," Weisman says.
 
The DOT says drivers should use Highway 45 or Moorland Road. The ramp closure that will continue through summer will give crews plenty of room to reconstruct Highway 100, also known as Mayfair Road. Drivers on Highway 100 will notice a big change. 
 
Traffic is being moved to the south side so crews can begin working on the north side of the road.
 
When the project is done, there will be new turn lanes, lights and other upgrades.
 
Improvements needed to handle traffic when the zoo interchange is rebuilt in 2015.
 
"This area has been under construction quite a bit from late last fall, through early spring," DOT's Ryan Luck says.
 
"There will be some construction delays during peak periods."
 
The DOT is stressing it is business as usual along Highway 100. You'll just need to give yourself a little extra time.

However, one place says business has dropped 40 percent since construction began.

"A very bad spot," said the manager of the Clark Station on Highway 100, Mian Ataullah.

"I hope it does get better, but don't know how long."