By Bob Uphues
If you're traveling around Brookfield the next few weeks, be prepared to avoid a couple of areas and be on the lookout for detour signs.
On Sept. 27, excavation related to the construction of a pump station to mitigate basement flooding in the vicinity of Forest and Washington avenues began in earnest.
That means Washington Avenue, the main east-west thoroughfare in Brookfield between 31st Street and Ogden Avenue will be shut down completely between Forest and Prairie avenues for the next six weeks.
In addition, the Washington Avenue bridge over Salt Creek will be closed to pedestrians for 3-4 weeks beginning Sept. 27.
According to Village Engineer Derek Treichel, Washington Avenue will remain open to local traffic between Arden Avenue and Riverside-Brookfield High School.
In general, traffic is being diverted away from the construction area, with detour signs on First Avenue and Ridgewood Road directing westbound traffic north to 31st Street, then west to Prairie Avenue and then south to Washington Avenue. Eastbound traffic on Washington Avenue approaching Prairie Avenue is being detoured in the reverse.
Pace bus service for Route 304 also will be detoured during the construction. Effective Sept. 27, that bus will take the following route:
Heading westbound on Ridgewood Road, the bus will turn south on Golf Road to Woodside Avenue and then west on Brookfield Avenue to Prairie Avenue and then back north to Washington Avenue, where it will resume its regular route. The bus will follow the reverse route when it is heading east.
The village of Brookfield has also announced that installation of a sanitary sewer line in the west parkway of the 3500 block of Forest Avenue from Washington Avenue to 3526 Forest Ave. Parking will not be allowed on that section of the block during construction hours.
While overnight street parking will be allowed, cars must be moved off the block by 6 a.m. the following morning to accommodate construction.
Maple Ave. crossing closed
To make matters a little more complicated, the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad has announced that the Maple Avenue grade crossing will be closed from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 to fully repair the grade crossing.
Northbound traffic is being detoured east at Ogden Avenue to Prairie Avenue and then northwest on Grand Boulevard back to Maple Avenue at the Memorial Circle.
Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Grand Boulevard at the Memorial Circle to Prairie Avenue and then south to Ogden Avenue before heading back west to Maple Avenue.