To the editor: The Waukesha County Business Alliance, a countywide chamber of commerce with more than 950 members, supports the West Waukesha Bypass via the Pebble Creek West Alternative, based on the final Environmental Impact Statement, which was approved on Sept. 11, 2014.
Completion of the West Waukesha Bypass presents a great opportunity to increase the efficiency, capacity and safety of traffic flow for businesses, property owners and tenants on the south and west end of Waukesha. Travelers currently face extended delays when trying to navigate north and south throughout the city and Town of Waukesha, and beyond. In addition, there are numerous safety concerns due to capacity issues and current roadway design.
The current two-lane structure on this stretch has reached its capacity, as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation generally considers improving to a four-lane system when traffic counts exceed 13,000 vehicles per day. By 2035, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission estimates that traffic counts on this stretch will range from 20,000 VPD closer to Interstate 94 and 13,000 VPD by Sunset Drive.
Waukesha County has worked very closely with numerous state and federal agencies, including WisDOT, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Highway Administration to ensure that the Pebble Creek West Alternative will be completed in a safe and environmentally friendly fashion.
Completion of the West Waukesha Bypass is long overdue and the Alliance supports the construction of the Pebble Creek West Alternative.