Work begins on track for streetcar in Milwaukee

Construction of a long-debated streetcar track is underway in Milwaukee. 

Welding has begun, and workers will soon start digging trenches for the tracks in the city's downtown area. The two-and-a-half-mile project has been divisive from the beginning because of its approximately $128 million cost. More than half the money is coming from the federal government.

Five companies have submitted proposals to operate the streetcar so far. A decision isn't expected for several months.

City engineer Jeff Polenske says the streetcar team is working closely with downtown businesses to stay ahead of any sort of potential problems.

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