The City of Watertown, WI will be closing the North Second Street Bridge effective Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and it will remain closed until construction of the new bridge is completed in July of 2018. The bridge is located over the Rock River and is between North Avenue to the north and Herman Street to the south. The bridge is being closed due to structural issues. A detour will be set up for motorists and pedestrians to use. No vehicular or pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge until the new bridge is opened in July of 2018.Posted 10/25/16: Deadline for Street Opening Permits
The deadline for obtaining City street opening permits is Friday, November 18, 2016. All contractors who do not make the deadline will have to wait until the spring thaw of 2017 to open streets for sewer laterals and utility work. This generally is in and around March 15th. Arrangements should be made with the Watertown Water Department for these laterals in the street right-of-way.Posted 12/22/15: New Tennis Courts Featured
Watertown's new tennis courts are featured in Fred Kolkmann Tennis & Sport Surfaces, LLC 2016 calendar! We've made the front cover and March feature court. Be sure to check out the new tennis courts in person, if you haven't already!
Posted 11/19/15: N. Second Street Bridge Weight Limit
Due to the current condition of the North Second Street Bridge, a weight limit of 20 tons is to be enforced upon the bridge effective immediately. The weight limit enforcement on the bridge comes after the receipt of the most recent bridge inspection report and as ordered by the State of Wisconsin. In addition to the weight limit, the bridge will also be inspected more frequently until its replacement in 2017. The next bridge inspection is tentatively scheduled for May of 2016. The weight limit will not inhibit the passage of fire trucks, ambulances or school buses.Posted 11/12/15: Second Street One-Way Elimination
The improvements to South Second Street between Main Street south to Western Avenue and the adjoining cross streets are completed with the exception of a painted centerline stripe down S. Second Street. Striping will be completed the week of November 16th, weather permitting. The Watertown Common Council approved an ordinance at their October 20th and November 3rd meetings establishing South Second Street as a two-way street with parking on both sides of the street between Jefferson Street south to Western Avenue. It had previously been a one-way street with parking on both sides between Jefferson Street and Western Avenue. The section of South Second Street from Main Street to Jefferson Street is currently and will remain two-way traffic with parking on both sides. With the improvements completed, the City is officially inaugurating South Second Street between Main Street and Western Avenue as a two-way street with parking on both sides effective Friday, November 13, 2015. Watertown Police Department and residents on South Second Street between Jefferson Street and Western Avenue have been notified of the two-way traffic designation.