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Public hearing set to address future of US 45/WIS 100 in Milwaukee County

January 14, 2014

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southeast Region in Waukesha is holding a public hearing to discuss the design and environmental aspects of proposed improvements on US 45/WIS 100 (College Avenue to Layton Avenue) in Milwaukee County.

The public hearing is planned for Thursday, January 16, at the village of Hales Corners Municipal Building, 5635 S. New Berlin Road, Hales Corners, WI. The public hearing will be conducted from 5 to 8 p.m. Private testimony will be accepted throughout the duration of the hearing. Public testimony will be accepted following a brief project presentation that begins at 6 p.m. Interested persons are urged to attend to ask questions and provide testimony.

The proposed action would reconstruct US 45/WIS 100 between College Avenue and Layton Avenue to provide a low-speed, multilane, divided, urban roadway with on-street bicycle accommodations and sidewalk on both sides of the road. Key aspects of the proposed action are as follows:

From College Avenue to Kay Parkway–The existing 6-lane urban roadway in this 0.3-mile section would be reconstructed to a 6 lane roadway with a 30-foot median.

From Kay Parkway to Godsell Avenue–The existing 6-lane urban roadway in this 0.3-mile section would be reconstructed to an 8-lane roadway to provide acceptable traffic operations. An 18-foot median and variable terrace width would be provided.

From Godsell Avenue to Layton Avenue–The existing 6-lane urban roadway in this 1.4-mile section would be reconstructed to a 6-lane roadway with an 18-foot median. At Edgerton Avenue, a fourth southbound travel lane is proposed to reduce congestion at the I-43 ramps.

A dual lane roundabout is proposed at the intersection of Janesville Road and Forest Home Avenue to replace the existing braided roadways.  The roundabout offers access improvements to adjacent property owners.

The proposed improvement requires strip right of way and temporary easements along most of the corridor. There are relocation impacts to three properties located at the northwest corner of Janesville Road and US 45/WIS 100. The Bosch Tavern, a Section 106 resource, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the buildings impacted. A draft Memorandum of Agreement proposes several stipulations to mitigate the impact. These include relocation of the building to a site in the immediate vicinity.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing to learn more about the proposed improvements and provide testimony. Project maps and other information will be on display and WisDOT staff will be available to explain the proposed improvements and answer questions. Information on how to present verbal and written testimony will be provided at the public hearing.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. People who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter should call Vida Shaffer. To allow time for making arrangements, please call no later than three working days prior to the hearing.

For additional information about the proposed improvements, interested persons may contact the WisDOT project manager, Vida Shaffer, WisDOT SE Region, 141 NW Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187, e-mail address: vida.shaffer@dot.wi.gov, telephone number (262) 548-6766.

For more information, contact
Michael Pyritz, WisDOT SE Region Communications
(262) 521-5373, michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov

 

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