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Latest News & Comments

Latest News & Comments

Will You Please Help Us Fight The West Waukesha Bypass

Posted 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

 


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