Hoan Bridge median 'zipper' delayed for early commute
MILWAUKEE - You could call it a "zipper mishap." A construction lane divider on the Hoan Bridge was not in position for the morning commute, and that caused a nasty traffic jam.
The Department of Transportation is apologizing for what happened during the commute M from Bay View to downtown.
"We try our very best," says DOT spokesman Michael Pyritz. "People do appreciate that we are getting that second lane open on a daily basis. When there is a breakdown or an accident, there is only so much we can do."
What looks like a giant zipper is supposed to move the median barrier so there are two lanes heading toward downtown in the morning - but the zipper didn't zip. Traffic slowed down for miles.
"It does highlight the fact of what would have happened if [we] only had one lane in each direction during those busy periods," says Pyritz.
Early Tuesday morning, Pyritz said there were delays in pouring a new section of concrete bridge deck that had to completed before the median barrier could be moved to the morning commute position.