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WIS 164 (County J) - Public involvement, Menomonee Falls resolution

Resolution 98-R-99

Opposing the alternate alignment of WIS 164

WHEREAS, in response to current and projected traffic volumes, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is involved in a study of WIS 164 between WIS 60 and WIS 190 (Capitol Drive); and

WHEREAS, as part of such study, alternative highway designs and alternate alignments are routinely evaluated; and

WHEREAS, one such alternate alignment has been proposed by a citizen group residing in the vicinity of the current WIS 164 corridor, and involves an alignment in a generally north/south direction through the village of Menomonee Falls; and

WHEREAS, the corridor in the village of Menomonee Falls proposed by this citizen group follows Lisbon Road (County K) from Town Line Road easterly to a point of approximately 1300 feet west of One Mile Road, and then in a generally northerly direction along the westerly side of the Wisconsin Electric Power Company Transmission Line through the villages of Menomonee Falls and Lannon to a point along County Line Road (County Q) west of the existing Wisconsin Electric Power Company substation; and

WHEREAS, the alternate alignment proposed by this citizen group would affect properties in the town of Lisbon and the villages of Germantown and Lannon in addition to the village of Menomonee Falls; and

WHEREAS, the alternate alignment proposed by this citizen group involves the construction of approximately 6.3 miles of new highway between Lisbon Road and County Line Road of which 3.3 miles is through wetland and/or floodplain, and 3.4 miles is through environmental corridor across, over and along the Fox River; and

WHEREAS, the alternate alignment proposed by this citizen group would adversely affect numerous residences and properties in the village of Menomonee Falls; including the Ranch, a training center for mentally handicapped adults on Maple Road; and

WHEREAS, the alternate alignment through the village of Menomonee Falls routes traffic with origins and destinations west of Menomonee Falls through the more urbanized portion of the metropolitan area and adds approximately six miles to the direct route along WIS 164 between WIS 60 and Capitol Drive; and

WHEREAS, the land use plan of the village of Menomonee Falls would be adversely affected by the proposed relocation of WIS 164 through the village of Menomonee Falls; and

WHEREAS, infrastructure improvements in support of the village land use plan have already been installed in the area, and would be affected by the proposed relocation of WIS 164; and

WHEREAS, the need to rebuilt WIS 164 comes primarily from the development along WIS 164, therefore, WIS 164 needs to be reconstructed regardless of other alternatives; and

WHEREAS, the alternate alignment proposed by this citizen group results in a more circuitous route through a more urbanized portion of the metropolitan area adding approximately six miles to the length of existing WIS 164 between WIS 60 and Capitol Drive.

NOW, THEREFORE, based on the above, the Board of Trustees of the village of Menomonee Falls hereby resolves as follows:

  1. The village of Menomonee Falls strongly objects to the proposal of the citizen group residing along the existing WIS 164 corridor to reroute current and projected traffic along that corridor through the village of Menomonee Falls.
  2. The village of Menomonee Falls respectfully requests that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission reject this alternative alignment due to the adverse impacts that would be created.
  3. The village of Menomonee Falls respectfully requests that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Southeastern, Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission pursue alternatives along the existing WIS 164 corridor and/or a more feasible realignment which would be more conducive to traffic utilizing that corridor.
  4. The village clerk-treasurer is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Southeastern, Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Waukesha County Board of Supervisors and the offices of every state senator and state representative representing the citizens of the village of Menomonee Falls.

Adopted by the village board of the village of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin on this 15th day of November, 1999.

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