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No Bypass Flash Rally

Posted by webmaster on July 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM

 

Join us, for a "No Bypass" Flash Rally this Thursday at 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm on the corner of Woodridge and Hwy TT/Meadowbrook Rd.

 

We'll have our No Build, Improve" petition available for those who haven't signed it yet, sign up coalition members and collect e-mails, and most importantly, distribute "No Bypass" Yard Signs. Members of our Coalition Steering team will be available to answer any questions you might have as well. Our Yard Sign awareness raising effort will continue through the summer to raise awareness!

 

Please pass this e-mail on to your friends and neighbors!

 

"No Bypass" Sign Flash Rally

Thursday July 24th, 2014

6:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Woodridge and Hwy TT/Meadowbrook Rd

 

Just show up! Join us, pick up a yard sign - choose to be an active part of this fight against DOT waste!

 

Questions? Call Allen at 414-507-8358

 

Allen Stasiewski

 

WEAL's Summer Highway Cleanup

Posted by webmaster on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Isn't it time to take a walk through a Kettle Moraine State Forest prairie. Our highway segment passes right through some of the areas most beautiful sections!

 

WEAL's Summer Highway Cleanup

Saturday July 26th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine

Hwy N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

 

Wear old clothes, work gloves, and comfortable shoes

 

Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N, then turn right.

Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment, across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Area" sign.


2014 Bypass Take Action Message

Posted by webmaster on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Dear West Waukesha Bypass Opponent,

We need your letter!  It's so important!  And, please pass this e-mail on to others!

We have heard from a reliable source in the Wisconsin DOT that they aren't 100% supportive of the West Waukesha Bypass, that they are doing it because Waukesha County wants it!  So we need to let Waukesha County know that we, the residents of Waukesha County, don't want the Bypass.   So, this letter is going to County Executive Dan Vrakas.

Our Action Message is to ask County Executive Vrakas to stop the Bypass!

E-Mail County Executive Dan Vrakas.  Please take this action by June 20, 2014.

E-mail to;   countyexec@waukeshacounty.gov

Write your own letter or use the sample letter below.  Copy and paste this entire letter into your e-mail.  Make sure to sign it with your full name and address.  Put it in your own words and add any key points you might like to make.   Be sure to add your name and address.

Use any Subject you like or use: 

    Please Stop Planning The West Waukesha Bypass and Just Fix It!

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Dear County Executive Vrakas,

I'm writing you today to ask that you do what you can to cancel the planned West Waukesha Bypass expansion project and instead improve the route at a savings of many millions of taxpayers dollars!

Why am I against the West Waukesha Bypass?  There are many reasons; environmental, health, social, safety, and financial.  As someone who values Waukesha County's natural environment I'm sure you can understand why I feel that the destruction of the Pebble Creek Environmental corridor is just unacceptable! 

The cost of this project is another big reason.  The DOT will soon be asking for tax increases to pay for Wisconsin's deteriorating roads.  We should be repairing and not expanding our roads at a time like this!   The coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass has proposed a "No Build, Improve" alternative.  I ask that you consider this alternative.

Our transportation system has reached a tipping point.  A new report analyzes the costs of building new roads at the expense of maintaining existing ones.  The report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense supports the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass' "No Build, Improve Alternative" to building the bypass. The Wisconsin DOT and Waukesha County should heed the message in this report!  Here are some of the report's highlights.  


Departments of transportation (DOTs) across the country are spending more money building new roads than maintaining the ones they have despite the fact that roads are crumbling, financial liabilities are mounting and conditions are not improving for America’s drivers.  Between 2009 and 2011, the latest year with available data, states collectively spent $20.4 billion annually to build new roadways. During that same time, states spent just $16.5 billion annually repairing and preserving roads while roads across the country were deteriorating. These spending decisions come with serious implications for DOT finances and taxpayers.

If states spent the $20.4 billion annually on repair rather than expansion (in the past), they could have cut the number of roads in poor condition in half by 2011 and would have been on target to eliminate the backlog of roads in poor condition by 2014.  (but road building continued)

State leaders including governors, legislators and DOT officials, have the ability to change these priorities for the better.

Wisconsin statistics are similar to the national average. Much more money is spent on new roads vs repairing and maintaining existing roads. The average annual Wisconsin expenditures on road expansion versus repair for 2009 – 2011 are:
  • Road expansion $544,000,000 or 61% of the road budget.
  • Road Repair $349,000,000 or 39% of the road budget.
$195,000,000 more is spent on road expansion than road repair in Wisconsin. This trend must be reversed or Wisconsin and Waukesha roads will continue to deteriorate.

The West Waukesha Bypass will cost over $65 million taxpayer dollars.  The DOT is now planning an I43 expansion that will cost $450 million.  The Zoo Interchange will cost many millions more than that!  And, all the while our existing roads continue to deteriorate.  It's time for Waukesha County to re-examine its own role in transportation spending.  There is no appetite for new taxes for new roads in Wisconsin.  The time has come to place a moratorium on building new roads in Waukesha, including adding new lanes.  It's time to put all our resources toward repairing our existing infrastructure and make reasonable safety improvements!  We can no longer afford the huge financial, social, safety, and environmental toll that Wisconsin's road building binge is causing.

Source: Repair Priorities 2014: Transportation spending strategies to save taxpayer dollars and improve roads is the latest report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense analyzing road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. The update also assesses how these priorities have changed since the release of the first edition in 2011.

Sincerely

(Your Full Name)

(Your Address)


Letter to Dept of Energy about trash incineration

Posted by webmaster on June 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM
WEAL and 130 other organizations send letter to
Department of Energy over trash incineration.


Stop The Bypass Rally Tuesday

Posted by webmaster on May 26, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Attend Our Stop The Bypass Rally Tuesday at 6:00 pm and Get a No-Bypass T-Shirt

Show your disapproval with the unneeded waste of $65 million to build a Bypass that isn't a Bypass!  ...the DOT could repair a lot of potholes with $65 million!

Tell County Officials that the destruction of prime environmental corridor, decreased auto and pedestrian safety, more trucks, more pollution, more noise and the cutting of neighborhoods in half just isn't OK!

Join us for a Stop The Bypass Rally for Tuesday night at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Waukesha County Courthouse just before the County Board's monthly meeting.  Meet across from the County Courthouse at 515 W
Moorland Boulevard in the parking lot at 6 pm

Wear your "No Bypass" T-shirts.  If you don't have a T-Shirt attend the Rally and get a free T-shirt for as long as they last (not all sizes are available)!

Waukesha County is the driving force behind the West Waukesha Bypass.  We have heard that even the DOT may not be fully behind this huge highway construction project...they "are doing it because Waukesha County wants it!"

So come on out on Tuesday at 6 pm and tell the County Board to Stop The Bypass!

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass
Allen Stasiewski
414-507-8358

Transportation Town Hall Meeting

Posted by sue reimund on May 19, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Transportation Town Hall Meetings
Presented by 
WI Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb

These WisDOT town hall meetings are unprecedented—and so is the challenge the secretary will be tackling: a $700 million budget shortfall, which will only continue to increase in the coming years. Big changes are coming. 

This is an important time to speak up for transit as economic, workforce, and quality of life priorities, and urge the Secretary to support transit policies that are vital to our economy.

Town hall meeting:  5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Secretary’s presentation is at 5:30 p.m., Q&A to follow. 
Tuesday, May 20 
MATC West Allis Campus, Room 117  
1200 South 71st Street 
MCTS bus Rts: 23, 56, 76, Blue Line. www.ridemcts.com
Parking map: http://bit.ly/SzXSjp

Hope to see you there!

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

ACTION ALERT Gasification Proposal in Village of Mukwonago

Posted by webmaster on May 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM
Action Alert

A gasification facility proposal is being considered in Muskego. 
Please see the attachment for important facts on gasification.
Action Alert - Gasification Proposal in Village of Mukwonago !!
The Facts on Gasification 
The Facts Don't Support Gasification - Handout

WEAL
Waukesha County Environmental Action League

No Bypass Signs

Posted by webmaster on May 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM
Well, after a long cold winter it's time to put up the NO BYPASS signs again.  If you have a Bypass Yard Sign please put it (or them) back up for the summer.  We need to continue to raise awareness.  Thank you to those who kept their yard signs up and  in good repair all winter.

Do you need a new sign?

We will be passing out signs this Saturday morning at 10:00
on the corner of Meadowbrook Rd and Woodridge,  So stop on by and pick up your "No Bypass" Yard Sign.

Encourage your friends and neighbors to put up a yard sign too. 

"No Bypass" Sign Pick-Up
Saturday May 17th, 2014
10:00 am until 10:30 am
Meadowbrook Rd and Woodridge
(Park on Woodridge if driving) 

P
ick up a yard sign choose to be an active part of this fight!

There are many reasons to be optimistic in our fight against the Bypass.

1) The Final Environmental Impact Statement is still pending..actually delayed since last fall, because of problems with the county's preferred route through the beautiful and valuable Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor.
2) Transportation funding is running out at all levels of government and pot holes are at an all time high.  Money will need to be channeled to repair this winter's damage.
3) Bypass costs are rising.  If the cost exceeds a limit set in the Memorandum of Understanding between the City, the County, and the State, the Memorandum will need to be re-negotiated/re-signed.
4) Momentum is building across the state to "Fix It First" before any new roads are built. 
5) We have heard through our sources that some in the DOT are not 100% behind the need for the West Waukesha Bypass.  They are supporting it because "the county (Waukesha) wants it."  Not a glowing recommendation!


Questions?  Call Allen at 414-507-8358

Allen Stasiewski
Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Spring Highway Cleanup

Posted by webmaster on May 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

It's time to get in shape for the summer and here's a great way to get started!  A walk through our beautiful Kettle Moraine State Forest prairie sections.


WEAL's Spring Highway Cleanup
Saturday May 3rd at 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Rain or Shine
Hwy N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

Wear old clothes, work gloves, and comfortable shoes

Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N, then turn right. 
Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment, across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Area" sign.

Good Harvest Earth Day Celebration

Posted by webmaster on April 15, 2014 at 9:30 PM

5&5 Celebration at Good Harvest - Waukesha
(SW Corner Hwy T & Silvernail...
map)
April 26th   8:30am - 7pm
Sustainable Fun for the Whole Family
Information HERE



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