Work began last night by the Wisconsin D.O.T. on a four million dollar reconstruction project of the Menomonee River bridge at Highways 41 and 45 in the Village of Germantown. According to Brian DeNeve from the D.O.T. the current bridges were constructed in the early 1950s and have reached the end of their service lives. The bridge substructures are deteriorating and need to be replaced entirely. The project includes Removing the existing roadway and bridges; Reconstructing the roadway and bridges along with all incidental items, including retaining walls, concrete barrier, and high tension cable guard; Replacing all other incidental roadway items, including beam guard, storm sewer, erosion control, traffic control, pavement marking, permanent signing, along with landscaping restoration. The project will be completed in four stages to allow for three lanes of traffic in each direction of the freeway during daily peak hours of travel. Although there may be temporary lane closures in the area during off-peak hours, the freeway will remain open to traffic at all times and no detour route will be necessary.