Starting Monday, August 5, Waupun Memorial Hospital (WMH) will be completing a major reconstruction of its parking lot and main entrance access off West Brown Street. The project is expected to be complete by mid- to late-September and will be divided into two phases.
The project is designed to help streamline traffic flow up to the main entrance, creating less congestion and better circulation for patients and visitors. It will also create a more even parking surface for enhanced safety.
“As we have welcomed more providers to the Waupun Memorial Hospital campus,” according to DeAnn Thurmer, WMH chief operating officer, “we have seen an increase in traffic coming in and out of our facility. We are working to ensure that there is easy access to our services, while ensuring that navigation through our main drive and parking area is as safe as it can be.”
As part of the first phase, the main West Brown Street parking lot will be closed as the surface is removed, drainage and electric is replaced, and new surfacing is done. The existing circular drive will remain open for patient drop off, and patients and visitors will have street parking access as well as parking to the hospital’s west side off Elm Avenue.
As the second phase begins around September 1, the main parking lot will reopen and parking will be available. The main clinic and hospital entrances will still be accessible, and patients and visitors will access from the existing parking lot near the Love Light tree. For a one-week period, clinic entrance access will funnel through the hospital entrance.
When complete, patients and visitors will access the campus from West Brown Street, and can either go left to park in the main parking lot, or drive straight to access the main hospital entrance. However, instead of looping back to West Brown Street, they will exit through the main parking lot and can leave either off West Brown Street or Elm Avenue.
“We have really evaluated our current traffic flow,” Thurmer explains, “and this new flow will eliminate people trying to access our main entrance and navigate through other vehicles that are backing out to leave. We are completing this project with our patients and visitors in mind, and we appreciate their patience as we take on this task.”