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Donate to Our Fight Against the West Waukesha Bypass Now thru August 31st

Posted by WEAL on July 20, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Our fight against the West Waukesha Bypass continues. But we need your help! Today we are starting our summer fundraising campaign. Our initial goal is $1,000.00. We must raise these funds by the end of August if we are to stop the Wisconsin DOT's road building binge! And the West Waukesha Bypass is the place to start. We've said all along that the Bypass is a bad idea! It is a huge waste of tax payers money ($56+ million at last count), dangerous to our children, will destroy the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor, is a threat to resident's health, and on and on.

We have come so far, we can't quit now.

Right now, we have a Matching Gift Challenge in place, but it will end soon. This means you've got only a few more weeks to support our hard-hitting legal battle against the West Waukesha Bypass and have your donation matched dollar-for-dollar.

Don't miss this opportunity: Donate now to help us reach our summer goal and your tax-deductible donation will be doubled.

 

On April 6, 2016, Bypass Planners held an “informational meeting” at West High School. The purpose of this meeting was to “inform” the public of changes to the Bypass route and process, called the “Draft Reevaluation.” Our attorneys at Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP said this about the “new information" in formal comments submitted on our behalf:

 

  • Despite recognizing numerous new and potentially significant environmental impacts that will occur as a result of the design refinements (known as the Rotated Pebble Creek West alignment, and the Green Lane extension) that were not evaluated in the Waukesha Bypass FEIS**, the Draft Reevaluation astonishingly concludes that “a new or supplemental environmental document” analyzing those impacts is not required. . . . . . .
  • The Draft Reevaluation identifies “the need for an additional 11.2 acres of right-of-way outside of the 200-foot-wide corridor” previously evaluated in the FEIS, . . . . an overt acknowledgement of a potentially significant environmental impact that was never evaluated in the FEIS, and which consequently must be analyzed in a supplemental EIS.
  • The Draft Reevaluation utterly fails to analyze if the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) “remain[s] applicable, complete, accurate and valid,” . . . . .
  • The Draft Revaluation admits that the design refinements will negatively impact unique upland habitat by destroying even more of a designated primary environmental corridor, and further reducing the amount of remaining interior forest habitat. . . . .
  • The presence of newly discovered hazardous waste contamination within the project corridor is potentially significant new information relevant to environmental impacts that must be analyzed in a supplemental EIS.

 

These are just a few of the arguments we're making against the West Waukesha Bypass. You can read all the comments submitted by our legal team on our behalf, at www.weal.org or at https://www.gofundme.com/stopwaukeshabypass" target="_blank">GoFundMe.

Help us reach our matching gift goal and protect our neighborhoods and environment for future generations. Please donate now to have your gift matched and go twice as far to defend our environment in the most effective way possible.

Will you please help us stop this unnecessary highway expansion project?

Thank You

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) and Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

West Waukesha Bypass Route Residents Being Contacted by DOT Real Estate Agent

Posted by WEAL on May 30, 2016 at 11:20 PM

We have received a number of messages recently from West Waukesha Bypass route residents who have been contacted by a real estate agent regarding the DOT taking their property or a portion of their property for the Bypass. Please remember that this real estate agent is working for the DOT and not you. Their job is to get your property for as little money as possible. And you can bet that there are many tricks and complicated tactics that will be used. In some instances, around the country, these tactics have included threats. Threats, that the resident must take the offer being made by the DOT's real estate agent or else. Eminent Domain is very complicated and it's important that you know your rights.

 

Most experts suggest that you hire an attorney. In 2015 we had one of the best, attend our Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass meeting to explain your rights. Robert Roth is an expert in Eminent Domain. We've had requests to share his name and contact information and we've included it below. What is most important is that you know your rights!

 

Please remember that the Bypass is not a done deal. Our lawsuit is getting the attention of the DOT, Army Corp of Engineers, EPA, and the Federal Highway Administration. We recently filed another FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request. Recently our legal team filed comments on behalf of WEAL and Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass expressing our concerns with changes made recently to the Bypass project, including a new route.

 

Help us fight this fight. If the DOT is taking your property for the Bypass call Robert Roth at the number below. If you can afford to help us with our Bypass lawsuit please donate, any amount large or small. at www.weal.org.

 

Eminent Domain Expert

Robert Roth, Attorney

Niebler, Pyzyk, Roth and Carrig LLP

Direct: 262-784-5830

Main: 261-523-8000

 

 

Thank You!

 

Allen Stasiewski

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

WEAL's Spring Highway Cleanup May 7th 9 am to 11 am

Posted by WEAL on May 2, 2016 at 7:30 AM

It should be a nice day to get outside, enjoy the day, and do something good for our environment this upcoming Saturday!

 

WEAL's Spring Highway Cleanup

Saturday May 7th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine

 

Where: Highway N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

 

Wear old clothes, comfortable shoes, and work gloves.

 

Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N.

 

Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment on Hwy N across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State natural Area" sign.

 

It's easy to get involved, help the environment and get some light exercise!

 

 

Hope to see you on Saturday and Thank You!

 

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)

 

Concerns and Questions West Waukesha ByPass

Posted by WEAL on May 1, 2016 at 1:10 PM

As a result of a request from our lawyers, the public comment period for recent changes to the West Waukesha Bypass has been extended until May 6, 2016. You may have received a card from Waukesha County and the DOT stating this. Interestingly the Card failed to inform people where to send their e-mail comments. I've pasted individuals e-mails and contact information below. As you may know the West Waukesha Bypass project has now been split into three separate projects.

 

Please visit the West Waukesha Bypass web site for detailed information on recent changes to the plans. The news is not good! Here are just a few of the concerns;

 

  • Still controversy over "sound barriers" and the big increase in noise expected due to increased truck and car traffic. Concerns over the "voting" for determining where they will be built if at all.
  • Lack of information about a pedestrian bridge over the Bypass to Meadowbrook School.
  • Concerns about safety. Contrary to what the Planners say the expansion of Merrill Hills Road and Hwy. TT into a 4 lane Bypass will actually make the route more dangerous. One only has tools at what has happened to the East Waukesha Bypass. Crash rates will increase in frequency and in severity to equal what currently occurs on the East Bypass route. Its telling that Bypass planners have not addressed this in their studies.
  • Questions about changes in local road configurations, including a new cul-de-sac on Green Lane.
  • Controversy of the change of the Route through the pebble Creek Environmental Corridor.
  • Concerns of the accuracy of Planners statements that the Bypass is being built to improve safety. The route will actually become more dangerous with increased truck traffic and higher speeds.
  • Questions about why the Bypass bridge over the RR Tracks at the south end of the bypass was eliminated.
  • Concerns about the construction of the proposed Glacial Drumlin Trail tunnel under the Bypass.
  • New Route through the Pebble Creek Corridor will destroy well-managed woodland and the rout will now impact valued Interior Forest Bird Habitat.
  • Concerns about the assessment of the impact to threatened bat habitat along the route. Bat populations are already being decimated by disease (white-nose).
  • Concerns about Real Estate acquisition along the route and whether property owners are aware of their rights.
  • Lack of information about hazardous materials found near the RR Tracks.
  • Concerns over how wetland fill permits will be issued and how the public will be made aware of public comment period for these permits.
  • Controversy over whether the County and DOT Planners can change so many aspects of the Bypass project and not be required to re-write the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) . Many people who have commented on the EIS are being disenfranchised by the process as they commented on a project that is no longer being proposed. There are major concerns about whether changes to plans have been adequately considered from all angles. This is especially true on the WIS 59 to USH 18 part of the project.
  • Questions over drainage due to the Bypass being built further on the slope in the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor. Previously planners stated that hey had to move the route closer to Pebble Creek because of major drainage concerns if the Bypass had to be cut into the slope. Now they are stating that they are able to cut into the slope. Drainage questions have not been fully explained.
  • Lots of concerns over costs! The West Waukesha Bypass will cost approximately $56 million. Thats over $11 million a mile! Residents wonder why potholes on existing roads aren't being repaired before we expand existing highways we won't be able to afford to maintain.
  • Questions about how Bypass builders plan on keeping major highway water and air pollution and debris out of the pristine fen they aim to protect by re-routing the Bypass.
  • Concerns over Planners lack of commitment to the protection and replacement of high quality woodlands that will be impacted or destroyed due to this project.
  • Questions over the impact the Bypass will have on shallow water aquifers that the City of Waukesha my need to depend on for drinking water should their Great Lakes Diversion Application be denied.

 

 

Please write and express your concerns over proposed changes to the Bypass project. There are so many questions left to answer!

 

WIS 59 to USH 18

 

Doug Cain, P.E.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Project Manager

Douglas.Cain@dot.wi.gov

(262) 548-5603

 

USH 18 to Northview Road

 

Gary Evans, P.E.

Waukesha County Dept. of Public Works

Engineering Services Manager

gevans@waukeshacounty.gov

(262) 548-7740

 

Northview Road to Rolling Ridge Drive

 

Margaret Liedtke, P.E.

City of Waukesha

Project Manager

MLIEDTKE@ci.waukesha.wi.us

(262) 524-3589

 

Please consider joining our fight against the Bypass by supporting our Bypass Legal Fund. You can contribute at www.weal.org or at gofundme.

 

 

Thank You!

 

Allen Stasiewski, on behalf of;

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass and Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)

Join us at Retzer Nature Center for Award Winning "Trashed" Documentary

Posted by WEAL on April 16, 2016 at 7:35 PM

 Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) is sponsoring free, and open to the public, screenings of the award-winning documentary film TRASHED.

TRASHED takes Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons across the globe as he investigates the impacts to the land, air and sea from the trash we all generate each day. Although the environmental impacts are considerable, the film also offers viable solutions to prevent pollution, preserve resources and create jobs.

WEAL’s Waste Representative, Charlene Lemoine, will be leading a discussion and Q&A after the screenings.

The TRASHED Trailer is available for viewing on the WEAL website - www.weal.org

Screenings

4/20/2016 Wednesday 7:00 PM Retzer Nature Center( RNC)

co-host: Friends of Retzer Nature Center

***Bring Your Own Reusable Cup***

4/26/2016 Tuesday 6:30 PM New Berlin Public Library

***All screenings are aiming to be as “Waste Free” as possible.***

See Flyer for details

 

For More Information go to www.weal.org or email questions to contactweal@gmail.com

 

West Waukesha Bypass Public Information Meeting

Posted by WEAL on April 5, 2016 at 10:25 PM

West Waukesha Bypass Public Information Meeting. April 6, 2016

 WWBP Mtg 4-06-16

 West Waukesha "Bypass the Bypass" "No Build. Improve” Alternative


 Location: West Waukesha High School cafeteria located at 3001 Saylesville Rd.


 There will be a formal presentation at 5:30 pm. The purpose is to present the new changes to the planned route. Please see the attached postcard for more information on the event. It does not look like this will be a public hearing, but more of an update.


 In the meantime our Federal Lawsuit is making its way through the court. We hope to have more information on its status soon. We are still fundraising for our lawsuit. We need approximately $3000 to reach our $10,000 goal. Please donate any amount, large or small at www.weal.org. We have filed an open records request with Waukesha County, Army Corps and EPA to get communication regarding last years Wetland Fill Permit Application. We are interested in learning what the permit was withdrawn after the public comment period. Please continue to speak out against the Bypass and advocate for the No Build, Improve Alternative (attached). And, please attend the Informational Meeting on April 6th. We can't stop our fight against this out of control highway expansion!

Free Screening TRASHED

Posted by WEAL on March 30, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) is sponsoring three free, and open to the public, screenings of the award-winning documentary film TRASHED.

TRASHED takes Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons across the globe as he investigates the impacts to the land, air and sea from the trash we all generate each day. Although the environmental impacts are considerable, the film also offers viable solutions to prevent pollution, preserve resources and create jobs.

WEAL’s Waste Representative, Charlene Lemoine, will be leading a discussion and Q&A after the screenings.

The TRASHED Trailer is available for viewing on the WEAL website - www.weal.org


Screenings


4/08/2016 Friday 7:00 PM
Waukesha South High School (WSH) –
Auditorium Entrance –
401 E. Roberta Ave. Waukesha

co-host: WSH Environmental Studies Class


4/20/2016 Wednesday 7:00 PM
Retzer Nature Center( RNC)

co-host: Friends of Retzer Nature Center

****Come early, seating is limited to 80. Cans of soda will be available for sale at the Waukesha South High School and Retzer screenings. The Retzer screening will also offer complementary coffee so be sure to bring your reusable cup. If you would like to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage to any of the screenings please have the beverage in a reusable, covered container that you will take home after the event.****


4/26/2016 Tuesday 6:30 PM
New Berlin Public Library


***All screenings are aiming to be as “Waste Free” as possible.***


For More Information go to www.weal.org or email questions to contactweal@gmail.com

Will You Please Help Us Fight The West Waukesha Bypass

Posted by WEAL on January 31, 2016 at 2:35 PM

You've written your letters, you've attended hearings, and you've talked with your neighbors! Now we're to the point where need your financial help. As you know, the Bypass has been delayed but not cancelled! Yet!

 

Our federal lawsuit is progressing. We will be getting an update from our lawyers in Washington DC on the status of our federal lawsuit soon. We'll fill you in when we hear. In the meantime we need to raise the balance of our $10,000 matching grant goal! We must raise $3690. Will you please help? Any amount will help. Can you give $10, $25, or $50?

 

Please donate anything you can at www.weal.org!

 

Thank you to all who have helped so far.

 

The Wisconsin DOT is out of control, building new highways even while we can't afford to maintain what we have! Its time to stop them. We, the people, should have control! Are you willing to pay more in taxes so that the Bypass can be built! There are so many more important needs. Help us in this important fight.

 

Remember this new highway will plow through Waukesha's very special Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor. The jars in the photo below contain snowmelt. The jar on the left is from my backyard, the one on the right left is from along the east bypass in front of St. John Neumann's parish.

 

What will this dirty mix due to the pristine Pebble Creek? Help us stop this terrible highway expansion project. Our No Build, Improve option is the answer for the Hwy TT route! I've attached it for your review!

 

Thank You!

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

West Waukesha “Bypass the Bypass” “No Build. Improve” Alternative 


Waukesha County is a wonderful place to live and raise a family with great schools, excellent parks,open space, and wonderful neighborhoods.


But plans are now underway to expand and build a 4 lane highway through the west side of the Town and City of Waukesha linking I94 on the north to Hwy 59 on the south, through residential neighborhoods, and wetlands. This huge highway project would drastically and negatively impact the quality of life of the thousands of people who live along, and within, the proposed bypass routes; would change traffic patterns within residential neighborhoods making pedestrian travel more hazardous; would degrade wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas; would increase noise, water, and air pollution, while simultaneously, adversely, and permanently affecting the health and longevity of residents. Tens of MILLIONS of State of Wisconsin residents' tax dollars will be spent to complete the WEST Waukesha Bypass project, a project estimated to run upwards of $53 million - all of which is to be paid by city, county, and state funds.


We can change these plans now, by convincing elected officials in Waukesha County, the City of Waukesha, the Town of Waukesha, and the State of Wisconsin that with modest safety improvements on current roads, tens of millions of dollars can be saved, safety improved, rural residential neighborhood atmosphere and welfare preserved, the environment saved from drastic degradation, and most if not all project goals met.


This highway expansion, or "Bypass" project is not needed, and will never do what it was intended to do when it was mapped SIX decades ago…bypass the City of Waukesha. This huge road expansion project does not bypass anything.


Tell County, City, Town, and State officials that you support a "No Build. Improve!", option!

• Follow existing roads along County X and Sunset to TT (Sunset-to-X Alternative).

• Maintain two lanes along the entire route within the current two lane footprint.

• Add left hand turn lanes where needed.

• Add stop signs or lights, reduced speed limits, and improved signage where needed for safety

reasons.

• Build a bike path to connect the Glacial Drumlin Trail to the Lake Country Trail.

• Improve the Madison TT intersection to minimize steep hill to stop.

• Consider a bridge over the RR Tracks and Glacial Drumlin Trail.

• Minimize any loss of wetlands or primary environmental corridor. Improve stream crossings to

minimize road runoff into streams.

• Limit Gross Vehicle Weight to 8 tons (16,000 pounds) along the entire route.

• Consider any other modest safety improvements along current routes.

• De-map the concept of a Waukesha West Bypass and cease any future bypass planning on any of the previously or currently proposed alternatives.

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 


West Waukesha Bypass delayed until 2017

Posted by WEAL on December 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

 

Not sure if you heard the news. The West Waukesha Bypass has been delayed until 2017! This is great news! I've pasted a link below to the story. Bypass planners blame the federal permitting process for the delay. We hope this is true!

 

This project will destroy wetlands, neighborhoods, and the quality of life! The Bypass will bring sprawl, trucks, air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and more. AND, it will not make the route safer. Our No Build, Improve option, would! We hope the permits required to build the Bypass will be denied!

 

http://fox6now.com/2015/12/04/waukesha-west-bypass-delayed-one-year-slated-now-for-summer-2018/

 

Interesting how the media just ignores our federal lawsuit which is working its way through the system right now.

 

How can you help? We need your financial help! We must raise $1000 this month! Can you donate $10 or $20? This will help tremendously. If everyone helps just a little we can meet our goal! Donate now at WEAL.org. Don't let the DOT turn Merrill Hills Road/County Hwy TT into what you see in the picture below.

 

WE CAN STOP THIS TERRIBLE HIGHWAY EXPANSION!

 

 

 

Thank you!

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

A New Agenda Posted for Parks and Planning Commission

Posted by WEAL on November 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

F.Y.I.

A new meeting agenda has been posted on the internet. You may view the document by clicking on the hyperlink below.
http://agendas.waukeshacounty.gov/committee/43/pdf/9558.pdf



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