|Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM|
There are only 7 days left to the West Waukesha Bypass Final Environmental Impact Statement Comment Period. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released in October of 2012. The Final EIS was released in September 2014. It took the Bypass Planners 2 years to update the draft EIS and they give the public 1 month to submit comments on the 1000 page document. And the Bypass Planners wonder why we are a little grouchy??? It sure seems like the process is setup to benefit the Bypass Planners doesn't it? So we have to hurry.
We can't let them win. Please submit your comments and tell the Bypass Planners that you don't agree with the assumptions they make in the Final EIS that the West Waukesha Bypass will be good for all of us!
We know you are busy and will probably not be able to read the 1000 page EIS. So to help you with your comments we have developed a list of talking points. Please feel free to use any of the talking points below. Just put them into your own words and add your own personal thoughts. We apologize that there are so many points listed, ans that some are rather technical. This just represents how bad this project and its EIS is.
Crash statistics in the Draft EIS are inflated. The Final EIS does little to clear up the confusion. It appears that East Bypass crashes and cross street crashes were included as occurring on Merrill Hills/Hwy TT. An independent 3rd party should verify these very important statistics After all, they are being used to justify the project.
The Purpose and Need is written to support building of a 4-lane Bypass, so in fact all the 2-lane alternatives were eliminated from the very beginning.
There was no 3-Lane alternative discusses even though there are some studies that show the 3-lane alternative to be safer than 4-lanes.
Traffic counts are based on old date and actual measurements were conducted during a very short time frame of a year or two. Recent studies show that people are driving less. The BYpass is being proposed based on old information
The Bypass is being proposed even as Hwy 83 just 5 miles west is being expanded to a 4-lane highway (similar to the proposed Bypass). Saylesville Rd and St. Paul have also been improved. Does a single community need 3 Bypasses?
There is no strong community support for building the West Waukesha Bypass. There never has!
The cost of this project is near 55 million. Where will this money come from. We can't afford to maintain what we have.
The EIS says that the Glacial Drumlin Trail will go under the Bypass. The Bypass looks to be 125 ft wide at least. How will this long tunnel be lit, maintained, drained of water, etc? There are no details in the EIS that we can find.
How can the County justify building a huge highway through the Pebble Creek Prime Environmental Corridor when just a few years ago the County was advocating for its protection.
How will the County prevent run-off pollution from cars (gas, oil, particulate matter) from being washed into Pebble Creek.
Recent studies are now showing negative health impacts from living near busy highways. How can the Count justify building this huge highway through residential neighborhoods and past Meadowbrook School. Our health and the health of our children is more important than saving a minute off of someones commute.
The EIS does not say definitively whether Sound Barriers (walls) will be installed. These are important and if not done well could cause property values to drop. Is the cost of these barriers included in the projected cost of the Bypass? If not it should.
Sunset Rd needs to be repaired. If the Bypass was built on the current footprint of Hwy X/Sunset the County would save millions. It should be left as 2-laines. Otherwise Sunset Rd will need to be repaired at another time costing taxpayers more millions of dollars. This is a waste of taxpayers money!
There are errors in sections of the EIS. In the final EIS, Section 220.127.116.11 Two lane On-Alignment Alternative With Limited Intersection Improvements option has the same exact cost estimates as the 18.104.22.168 Two lane On-Alignment Alternative With Full Intersection Improvements. The costs can not be the same when option 22.214.171.124 contains many additional improvements. This discrepancy raises the possibility if other costs are not inaccurate for the 2015/2016 cost projections in the final EIS
The West Waukesha Bypass is not needed. Don't waste tens of millions of dollars on a 4 lane road. Don't increase the gasoline tax and vehicle registration fees for unneeded roads. Be responsible with our tax dollars and be prudent by saving money on road expansion by:
Here's where to submit your comments!
The Final Environmental Impact Statement was approved on September 11, 2014. The document is available on the Environmental and Technical Reports page as well as at the Waukesha Public Library, Pewaukee Public Library, City of Waukesha DPW office, WisDOT SE Region office in Waukesha, and Waukesha County DPW office. A review period began September 19 and will end October 20, 2014. Comments on the Final EIS are due by October 20, 2014 and should be e-mailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
Gary Evans, PE
Waukesha County Department of Public Works
515 Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53188