Why isn't WisDOT considering other locations for interchanges and
A Corridor Preservation Plan study was completed in 2008. The
purpose of that study was to work with area communities and
stakeholders to improve safety and mobility in the area by determining
access locations to/from WIS 29 (interchanges) and across WIS 29
(overpasses with no access to WIS 29).
This study included a
comprehensive public outreach effort. The results of this study
concluded the need for interchanges at Brown County FF and County VV,
overpasses at N. Pine Tree Road extended and County U, along with
closing the intersection to WIS 29 at Sunlite Drive and Woodland Road.
The locations were reaffirmed with area communities in early 2011, and
no new information was obtained that warranted revisiting the original
Construction of the WIS 29/Brown County FF interchange and closure
of the Sunlite Drive/Woodland Road/WIS 29 intersection is scheduled to
start in late 2013.
Funding for construction of the Brown County U overpass, the County
VV interchange, and the N. Pine Tree Road overpass has not been
obtained. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is moving forward with preparation of construction
plans and real estate acquisition to allow these improvements to be
constructed as soon as funding is available.
Because there is no definite timeline for Brown County U and County
VV, WisDOT has allocated funds to construct interim safety measures at
these two intersections beginning in summer 2013. Turning movements
from Brown County U will be restricted to right-in/right-out. WIS 29
traffic will still be able to turn left or right onto County U. This
will be similar to the configuration of the existing WIS 29/Brown
County J intersection to the east.
The Brown County VV/WIS 29 intersection will be modified in a
similar manner, but will also be equipped with J-turns. J-turns will
be installed in the median to allow County VV and Marley/Milltown Road
traffic to travel either way on WIS 29.
Why isn't WisDOT investigating shifting County U to the east or west?
Several design details outlined in the original Corridor
Preservation Study required further
investigation, including steep driveways, poor visibility, and roadway
slopes close to homes. These issues identified the need to relocate
several residences on both sides of County U.
As part of the design
process, attempts were made to minimize adverse impacts to property owners and
to wetlands. We investigated whether shifting County U either east or
west would reduce or eliminate the need to relocate residences. All
four alternative alignments for County U require residential
relocations and are being presented to obtain feedback from the public
on which alternative should be selected for construction.
If the Corridor Preservation Plan had significant public input,
why is WisDOT looking at changing the Milltown Road connection?
As with County U, several issues arose during development of more
detailed design plans. Wetlands were identified near the intersection
of Marley Road and Millwood Court, and the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources requested that the design avoid impacting them,
unless no other reasonable alternative is available.
original layout resulted in unsafe conditions for driveways in the
Finally, the village of Howard is also updating its
comprehensive land use plans, and alternatives were developed to
accommodate the long-term vision for this area. The alternatives are
being presented to obtain feedback from the public on which
alternative best meets the long-term needs of the area.
Golden Pond Park
Court must be extended to the south to maintain safety at and around
the new County FF interchange. Safety standards require that the
nearest intersection to a freeway ramp be no closer than 1,300 feet
from the ramps to reduce conflicts. The new location for Golden Pond
Park Court meets this standard, and joins County FF at the location of
Navajo Trail, reducing the overall number of intersections.
the new County FF interchange will feature a bridge over WIS 29,
meaning that the entire roadway must be raised up to clear the state
highway. At the present intersection of Golden Pond Park Court and
County FF, the road will be more than 20 feet higher than it is
currently. This would mean extremely steep slopes on Golden Pond Park
Court if the intersection were to remain.
It looks like my property
will be affected by this project. How will this work?
One of the
main objectives in designing these changes is to minimize the
hardships on property owners. WisDOT is evaluating those impacts and
will be working with the designers and property owners to develop
plans with the fewest possible impacts.
Property owners affected by
the County FF interchange and the closure of the Sunlite
Drive/Woodland Road/WIS 29 intersection will be contacted by WisDOT
beginning in early 2012 to discuss the property acquisition process.
My property currently has standing water in the spring and after heavy
rains – will this project make the flooding worse?
Spring 2011 has
been very wet and many property owners are concerned with flooding on
their properties. The improvements included in this project will be
designed to accommodate any increased runoff from new roadway
This project will not eliminate flooding in areas that
currently experience flooding. As part of the project, we will work
with the local communities to identify drainage issues and look for
opportunities to reduce drainage problems.
Will this project include sidewalks and bicycle accommodations?
Yes. Sidewalks are
planned to be constructed along County VV, Milltown Road, N. Pine Tree
Road, and County FF, including on bridges. Bicycles will be
accommodated along these roadways by widening the driving lane to
provide a safer facility for bicyclists. Separated bicycle/pedestrian
paths were not identified as a need by area communities along these
County U will be constructed with a paved shoulder
similar to the roadway outside of the project’s construction limits.
The County U bridge over WIS 29 will be designed with a raised
sidewalk to accommodate a future urban roadway section. Also, the
County U structure will accommodate snowmobiles for crossing WIS 29,
replacing the existing at-grade trail crossing west of County U.
Over the next six months, the project team will
be working with local stakeholders to evaluate alternatives and their
impacts on travelers, communities, the area economy, and the
environment. This process will culminate in the preparation of an
Environmental Report that summarizes those impacts and shows how a
recommended alternative has been designed to avoid and minimize
adverse impacts. Once that document has been reviewed by state and
federal agencies, WisDOT will move forward with real estate
acquisition and final design.
Construction on the County FF
interchange and improvements to the County U and County VV
intersections are scheduled to begin in 2013. Three more public
information meetings are scheduled over the next two years to keep you
informed about the project.
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