Here is a letter to the editor that was printed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today. We found a similar issue in our Bypass work last year. The County Bypass Planners inflated crash rates along the route in the draft EIS. We made this point in our comments we submitted at that time. Our best guess is that the County hired a consultant who doesn't know the area and he/she included crash rates from the East Bypass in the counts for the West Bypass route (we saw these in the raw data used for the counts). We also believe they included accidents that occurred on cross streets. If there was an accident 1/2 block west of Hwy TT on Madison, it would be recorded by the police or sheriff as an accident on Madison and Hwy TT. So, it's easily mistaken for an accident on Hwy TT and included in the count.
It would be nice if a reporter picked up on this and write an expose. It's probably a good bet that highway planners do this all the time.
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DOT caught in the act?
Caught in the act of exaggerating traffic counts, the Department of Transportation's spokesperson appears to pass the buck ("DOT traffic estimates off, group argues," Oct. 2).
Is he calling the problem merely one of methodology? Does he blame some low-level clerk? Or is he criticizing the researchers who used DOT traffic counts and DOT traffic projections?
When does this buck stop at the DOT desk? One would wish before spending $1.1 billion on foolish highway expansion in Milwaukee. City officials do not want this expansion and point us by the nose to tragically unemployed neighborhoods miles away from factories where workers are scarce.
Traffic projections are the sacred cow that Wisconsin citizens have showered with billions of dollars a year because we believed the Department of Transportation. Now this report appears while DOT touts dire predictions of congestion if the 3.5 mile highway is not widened.
I invite our bright high school seniors to come forward and do the math. Rocket science it is not. I call for sunshine, a public hearing on DOT methodology. Let's have it out before we waste $1.1 billion on that road.