Important News Releases

Posted 07/13/2017:
Watertown Lower Dam Rehab Construction - Please click on THIS LINK for the news release and map

Posted 05/02/17:

PAVEMENT MARKING IN DOWNTOWN DISTRICT TO BEGIN: Beginning on May 8, 2017, the City of Watertown will begin removing and repainting pavement markings for parking stalls, crosswalks, street centerlines and symbols along Main Street between College Avenue and Church Street. The City has contracted with Century Fence Company, out of Pewaukee, WI, to complete the work.  The Contractor proposes to begin work at the intersection of E. Main Street and College Avenue and work west to Church Street, working in one lane at a time. The work will be done between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday to accommodate customers and businesses.  Each week work will begin at 12:00 a.m. Monday morning and finish by 5 a.m. Friday morning. During the pavement painting, parking will be restricted on Main Street.  The City will place temporary NO PARKING signs in the area the Contractor will be working. The City is asking landlords and business owners to advise residential tenants of the upcoming parking restriction. Business owners and tenants should also be aware that the paint removal phase will create some noise. The City of Watertown is having an epoxy coating placed, which has a longer life span than the existing water based paint, and an expected live expectancy of three to seven years.The project is expected to last approximately four weeks.  If inclement weather continues, the project could exceed that timeline.  If any business has a special event taking place in the next two months, the Contractor is willing to accommodate that business as best it can and is willing to avoid that business on its special day.  Please contact Jay Haberkorn, City of Watertown Engineering Department, at 920-262-4047 to make arrangements.

Posted 02/24/17: N. Second Street Bridge Closure

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! 
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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.