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Urgent.....Letter Writing Opportunity

Posted by webmaster on December 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Urgent! This may be one of our last letter writing opportunities to stop the West Waukesha Bypass. Please Write Now!

November 18, 2014 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel DOT Plan Would Study Toll Roads, Fees Based on Miles Driven PDF

 

In January Governor Walker will decide on budgetary funding levels for the Wisconsin DOT. Because of the DOT's unsustainable practices of the past, the state is running out of highway money. They've hit a tipping point. The state and the DOT can raise taxes again or it can "tighten its belt!" We need to urge Governor Walker to require the DOT to "tighten its belt' by canceling or delaying road building projects like the unnecessary West Waukesha bypass!

 

Write Governor Walker between now and January 12, 2015. Copy these e-mails into your e-mail browser. Your message should be sent to Governor Walker with a copy to Rep. Ripp, Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Thiesfeld, and Sec. of Transportation Mark Gottlieb. The senator and representatives are chairs and vice-chairs of the State Transportation Committee.

Please let me know by e-mail (astasiewsk@aol.com) if you sent a letter as we're tracking this actions impact!

 

Send to: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov,

 

CC to: Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov, Sen.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov, Rep.Thiesfeldt@legis.wisconsin.gov, Mark.Gottlieb@dot.wi.gov

 

Use this sample letter or write your own (ideas below):

 

Dear Governor Walker, I'm writing to urge you to not raise taxes or charge new fees to pay for the Department of Transportation's huge budget increase request. I believe the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" just like I would need to do if I lived outside of my means. I ask that you place a moratorium on any new road building projects in Wisconsin until the DOT can get its spending under control and catch up with required maintenance projects! This would give citizens and politicians a chance to truly scrutinize what the DOT spends its money on. By continuously expanding highways the DOT just sets itself up to ask for more and more money each year. It's time to stop building and start fixing Wisconsin's roads.

 

You have fought against tax increases in the past and I ask that you continue to do so now!

 

Thank You

 

(insert name and address)

 

Background: Please read the attached Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article on the DOT's Tax increase request or here's a synopsis!

 

Wisconsin's Transportation Secretary is suggesting that Wisconsin needs a $751 million boost in taxes and fees and needs to borrow another $805 million, study the possibility of tolling and use $574 million more taken from funds that normally go to schools and health care to pay for new highways and road maintenance in Wisconsin.

 

In January Governor Walker will decide which aspects of Secretary Gottlieb's plan to officially include in his upcoming budget

 

We need to;

 

Let Governor Walker know that these huge tax increases are unacceptable and that the DOT needs to "tighten its belt" before any new taxes are considered.

 

Ask Governor Walker to cancel all highway expansion projects in the State of Wisconsin until the DOT gets its spending under control.

 

Remind Governor Walker of his conservative policies and of his promises over the years to not raise taxes. Secretary Gottlieb's proposals are all about raising new taxes.

 

Remind him that the people of Wisconsin recognize Secretary Gottlieb's strategy. It's all about asking for an amazingly huge amount of money, in hopes that you'll fool decision makers into giving you a lesser amount, which in the end is lots more than you really needed in the first place.

 

Ensure the Governor that you support maintenance and safety improvements but that far too many roads are being expanded at the expense of maintaining what we have. Take the money being used to build new roads and put it into reasonable maintenance and safety improvements

 

Here's what Secretary Gottlieb hopes to do to pay for Wisconsin's road building binge;

 

Raise the gas tax by 5 cents

 

Charge people who buy a new vehicle a fee of 2.5% of the suggested retail price of the car

 

Borrow $805 million over two years

 

Transfer money into the transportation fund from the State's general fund (some will be used for transit)

 

Hire a consultant for $1 million to pay for a study on what it would take to turn Wisconsin highways into toll roads

 

Changing a State law so that the DOT can require drivers to report odometer readings to the State when they register their vehicles. This is the first step toward charging drivers for the miles they drive

 

Thank You,

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Hearing on WISDOT Proposals for East West I94 Corridor Dec 3rd and 4th

Posted by webmaster on December 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

As you can expect we are not the only group fighting Highway expansion projects in Wisconsin right now. there are several! One of the largest projects is the I94 proposal. There are some estimates that put this project over a billion dollars! Whether you agree with the DOT's proposal for I94 or not, this is a lot of money. It is inevitable that it will increase our taxes and take needed money away from needed maintenance projects.

 

Please try to attend one of the two public hearings, learn more and speak up!

 

Here are some of the details. I included talking points prepared by the "Coalition For More Responsible Transportation" so you can see both sides of the debate.

 

Thank You

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

 

Attend the WISDOT Hearings and Let Your Voice be Heard:

 

  • Wednesday December 3, 2014 — 3:00pm-7:00pm State Fair Park - Tommy Thompson Youth Center (Gate #5) 640 S. 84th St. (Bus routes: #44, #44U, #67 84th St branch)
  • Thursday December 4, 2014 — 5:00pm-8:00pm Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Av. (Bus routes: #10, #30, #35) (enter from Michigan St. parking lot)

 

 

Talking Points

 

Background: On December 3rd and 4th, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) is hosting public hearings on its proposals for the East-West Corridor between the Marquette and Zoo Interchange. WISDOT has proposed two options:

 

Expand the highway with a Double Decker structure

Expand the highway ‘at grade’ – at surface level, but shrinking lanes and removing shoulders without a double deck structure

 

The proposed options are wasteful, unnecessary and irresponsible! These options will waste hundreds of millions of dollars, take money away from other urgent local road repair and local transit needs, and raise your taxes.

 

Why WISDOT’s Options Are Wasteful, Unnecessary:

 

It Will Increase Your Taxes and Waste Taxpayer Money:

To finance these proposals WISDOT Secretary Gottlieb has recommended raising taxes, including the gas tax, a diesel tax, a fee on hybrid owners and a fee on the purchase of new vehicles. He also wants to borrow more than $800 million in the next two-year budget.

 

We Don’t Need It:

WISDOT’s proposal for I-94 expansion is based on the presumption that traffic volumes are expected to grow by 2030. In fact, traffic has been dropping in this corridor. A 2014 1000 Friends of Wisconsin report found that traffic counts on this stretch of highway decreased 8 percent from 2000-2012. WISDOT has argued that a widening is needed for safety, but they concede that a rehabilitation option, without widening, would address the identified safety concerns. The expansion of I-94 is NOT a safety project, it is a widening project premised on increasing traffic volumes that are NOT materializing.

 

It Won’t Improve Mobility:

In addition to squandering resources on a project that data don’t support, WISDOT has refused to include any transit components in its plan for this corridor. The lack of transit especially hurts people of color, those with low income, seniors and people with disabilities.

 

The Community Doesn’t Want It:

The Milwaukee Common Council and the Milwaukee County Board have passed multiple resolutions opposing expansion. In addition, thousands of community members have expressed public opposition to the expansion options.

 

Forward your Final Bypass EIS Comments to FHWA if your last name starts with Q thru X

Posted by webmaster on November 13, 2014 at 7:35 AM

 

It's no time to let up on the pressure!

 

We can't be sure if FHWA staffers and leaders in Washington DC will even read the Final EIS comments we sent. We need to make sure that they know there is opposition to this terrible Bypass! So, here's our current action! We want to make sure that they see our comments and know that there is controversy surrounding the building of the bypass!!!

 

Forward your previously submitted Final EIS comments and letters directly to the FHWA at the e-mail below. However, instead of sending them all at once we'd like to trickle them in over a period of about 3 weeks.

 

Here's the schedule on when to send your message:

 

  • November 11th thru November 17th: Last Name starting with Q thru X

 

Forward your previously written comments and/or your letters to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the e-mail below. Say in your e-mail that you wanted to be sure that your comments are taken seriously! Tell the FHWA that you want to make sure that all decision makers know that this project is controversial and that there is no regional consensus to build the West Waukesha Bypass!

 

And if you didn't get your letter into the County on time? Write and send one now! We won't get many more chances!

 

Here's the e-mail address (copy and paste into your browser):

 

execsecretariat.fhwa@fhwa.dot.gov

 

Thank you!

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass Steering Team

Does your last name start with H thru P?

Posted by webmaster on November 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

 

Does your last name start with H thru P? If So, Please Forward Your Waukesha Bypass EIS Comments to FHWA by November 10th!

Bypass Opponent,


 It's no time to let up on the pressure!


 We can't be sure if FHWA staffers and leaders in Washington DC will even read the Final EIS comments we sent. We need to make sure that they know there is opposition to this terrible Bypass! So, here's our current action! We want to make sure that they see our comments and know that there is controversy surrounding the building of the bypass!!!


 Forward your previously submitted Final EIS comments and letters directly to the FHWA at the e-mail below. However, instead of sending them all at once we'd like to trickle them in over a period of about 3 weeks.


 Here's the schedule on when to send your message:

  •  November 4th thru November 10th: Last Name starting with H thru P
  • November 11th thru November 17th: Last Name starting with Q thru X

 Forward your previously written comments and/or your letters to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the e-mail below. Say in your e-mail that you wanted to be sure that your comments are taken seriously! Tell the FHWA that you want to make sure that all decision makers know that this project is controversial and that there is no regional consensus to build the West Waukesha Bypass!

 

And if you didn't get your letter into the County on time? Write and send one now! We won't get many more chances!

 

Here's the e-mail address (copy and paste into your browser):

 

execsecretariat.fhwa@fhwa.dot.gov

 

Thank you!

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass Steering Team

 


Governor Candidates Stand on West Waukesha Bypass and Highway Building

Posted by webmaster on November 4, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Bypass Opponent,

 

I'm sorry for the late election note here but I was waiting till the last moment.

 

I sent the following request to the Walker and Burke campaigns this past week, and did not receive an answer from either candidate. Mary Burke's campaign sent back a "thank you for your e-mail, please vote" message and we received nothing at all back from the Walker campaign.

 

I'm sorry this isn't much help. I just wanted to make sure you know we tried! I'm sure they were both very busy.

 

Please Vote!

 

Thank You

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass.

 

 

 

I represent the Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass in Waukesha County.

 

Members of our coalition are asking me if (Mary Burke or Scott Walker) has a position on the building of this huge new highway. If not a specific opinion on this issue, does (Mary or Scott) have a position on building new highways in general, especially given the lack of highway funds?

 

Visit our facebook page at "stopwaukeshabypass" to learn more about the Bypass.

 

I would like to get back to our members with her position, before the election so that they can use this information to choose a candidate.

Does your last name start with A thru G?

Posted by webmaster on November 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Does your last name start with A thru G? If So, Please Forward Your Waukesha Bypass EIS Comments to FHWA!

Great job! Excellent response! Wonderful! What else can we say! Thank you for all your letters to the County and the Waukesha Freeman on the Final EIS on behalf of the Bypass fight! I think we were heard! (that's an understatement)

 

We can only speculate what will happen next, but we believe the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is in the drivers seat right now (pun intended).

 

So, we'd like to keep the pressure on.

 

We can't be sure if FHWA staffers and leaders in Washington DC will even read the comments we sent. We need to make sure that they know there is opposition to this terrible Bypass! So, here's our next recommended action! We want to make sure that they see our comments and know that there is controversy surrounding the building of the bypass!!!

 

Starting tomorrow, we're asking everyone who submitted comments to forward your comments and letters to the FHWA at the e-mail below. However, instead of sending them all at once we'd like to trickle them in over a period of about 3 weeks.

 

Here's the schedule on when to send your message:

 

October 28th thru November 3rd: Last Name starting in A thru G

November 4th thru November 10th: Last Name starting with H thru P

November 11th thru November 17th: Last Name starting with Q thru X

 

Forward your previously written comments and/or your letters to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the e-mail below. Say in your e-mail that you wanted to be sure that your comments are taken seriously! Tell the FHWA that you want to make sure that all decision makers know that this project is controversial and that there is no regional consensus to build the West Waukesha Bypass!

 

And if you didn't get your letter into the County on time? Write and send one now! We won't get many more chances!

 

Here's the e-mail address (copy and paste into your browser):

 

execsecretariat.fhwa@fhwa.dot.gov

 

Thank you!

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass Steering Team


Important Next Action in Bypass Fight. Forward Your Comments to FHWA

Posted by webmaster on October 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

 

Bypass Opponent,

Great job! Excellent response! Wonderful! What else can we say! Thank you for all your letters to the County and the Waukesha Freeman on the Final EIS on behalf of the Bypass fight! I think we were heard! (that's an understatement)

We can only speculate what will happen next, but we believe the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is in the drivers seat right now (pun intended).

So, we'd like to keep the pressure on.

We can't be sure if FHWA staffers and leaders in Washington DC will even read the comments we sent. We need to make sure that they know there is opposition to this terrible Bypass! So, here's our next recommended action! We want to make sure that they see our comments and know that there is controversy surrounding the building of the bypass!!!

Starting tomorrow, we're asking everyone who submitted comments toforward your comments and letters to the FHWA at the e-mail below. However, instead of sending them all at once we'd like to trickle them in over a period of about 3 weeks.

Here's the schedule on when to send your message:

October 28th thru November 3rd: Last Name starting in A thru G

November 4th thru November 10th: Last Name starting with H thru P

November 11th thru November 17th: Last Name starting with Q thru X

Forward your previously written comments and/or your letters to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the e-mail below. Say in your e-mail that you wanted to be sure that your comments are taken seriously! Tell the FHWA that you want to make sure that all decision makers know that this project is controversial and that there is no regional consensus to build the West Waukesha Bypass!

And if you didn't get your letter into the County on time? Write and send one now! We won't get many more chances!

Here's the e-mail address (copy and paste into your browser):

execsecretariat.fhwa@fhwa.dot.gov

Thank you!

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass Steering Team

Fall Highway Cleanup

Posted by webmaster on October 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM

WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup

Saturday November 1st at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine or Cold

Hwy N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

 

Wear old clothes, warm layered clothing, 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.


Waukesha Freeman Wednesday October 22nd 2014

Posted by webmaster on October 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

A Huge Thank You!

 

 

Thank you to all who submitted comments opposing the West Waukesha Bypass these past few weeks. We can't overestimate how important these letters are. Each and every letter will now be added to the record. And. all the arguments made in our letters are now permanently recorded. This will be especially important should we decide to continue this battle in court later on. So we can't thank you enough!

 

 

We won't let up on the pressure.

 

 

Watch your e-mail for next steps in our fight against this terrible highway expansion!

 

 

And, thank you for your great letter below, Karen and Bob!

 

 

 

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

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Waukesha has grown successfully without bypass

 

 

To the editor: We are writing with our concerns about the West Bypass. We are residents of Kame Terrace, a subdivision that will be enormously affected by this major undertaking. We built our home here because of the beautiful, quiet countryside surrounding us. Our home sits on the edge of the Retzer Nature Center, another natural area that will be greatly affected by this bypass.

 

 

We know that the plan for this has been on the books for 50 years, but feel strongly that Waukesha has successfully grown and thrived without this impact on homes and the environment. How is this going to affect the many children who attend Meadowbrook school and Waukesha Christian Academy? How will this impact the use of the Glacial Drumlin bike trail that intersects this road?

 

 

Merrill Hills Road is in need of improvement, but improvement that will not affect the peaceful rural setting of this beautiful landscape. The road does need wider shoulders, a bike and walking path that coincides with the wonderful Glacial Drumlin state bike path. It needs improvement for safety, not for increased traffic of commercial vehicles. Highway 83 is already being converted into a four-lane road and certainly will serve as a bypass.

 

 

Some of our major objections are: The cost of another road when repairs are needed in so many other areas Schoolchildren of Meadowbrook school facing a dangerous street crossing and children of Waukesha Christian Academy whose playground butts up to the road Impact on the wildlife of Retzer Nature Center and Pebble Creek Wetlands Noise and air pollution Increased speed limits Impact on the Glacial Drumlin bike trail.

 

 

Land and property values Water pollution to surrounding creeks and rivers.

 

 

The impact this will have on so many people, wildlife, and environment is enormous. Such a beautiful rural setting will be gone forever. We have thrived for 50 years without this bypass ... surely we can thrive another 50 with road improvements rather than a four-lane highway.

 

 

Karen and Bob Poser

 

 

Town of Waukesha

Waukesha Freeman Saturday October 18th 2014

Posted by webmaster on October 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

West Waukesha Bypass unnecessary, wasteful

To the editor: The proposed West Waukesha Bypass to be built is:

 

Unnecessary: In all the times I’ve driven the proposed route, the traffic is not heavy enough to justify a fourlane road. Furthermore, Highway 83 is just a few miles west and is being expanded to four lanes.

 

Wasteful: Why spend money building yet another road when our existing roads are in poor shape? If the proposed route is improved, it would more than satisfy the requirements.

 

Damaging: The proposed bypass would damage the neighborhoods it passes through with pollution, noise and high-speed traffic. Furthermore, it is routed through the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor where it will do untold damage with polluted runoff and noise.

 

Fiscally irresponsible: At a time when highway funds in inadequate to maintain existing roads, there is no point in spending $65 million-plus to build another road when we don’t have the money to maintain what we have already built.

 

Caryl McAllister

 

Delafield

 


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