Monthly Archives: February 2012

Great Turnout At Lake Parkway Meeting … And How You Can Still Have Your Voice Heard

Update: Check out coverage from WISN and Oak Creek Patch. And the Journal Sentinel has published a story, too, with comments from a couple South Milwaukeeans.

By my count, more than 200 people attended Wednesday’s public meeting about the proposed Lake Parkway extension at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

It was a good meeting — and answered some of the most commonly asked questions about the project. Of course, more details will come if and when this project advances beyond the planning stages and into engineering and ultimately construction.

It’s a process that will “optimistically” take at least 10 years, according to the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission — and more than likely 15 or more. So don’t expect to see  Highway 794 go beyond Edgerton Avenue anytime soon.

That said, it’s a worthy project and worthy of continued debate. So I credit Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik and other local leaders for driving this, even if it will soon get much harder as this project advances beyond the drawing board and on to the formal regional transportation plan.

You can learn more about the $207 millions extension plan here. Among the local impacts mentioned at Wednesday’s meeting:

  • The project would generally follow the Union Pacific Railroad tracks south of Edgerton to Highway 100, with three interchanges most directly serving South Milwaukee. Two, at Rawson and Drexel, are being planned as grade-separated (either above or below grade). The third, at College, would be a “jug handle” interchange similar to that found currently at 794 and Oklahoma Avenue.
  • The extension would reduce traffic on Highway 32 and Pennsylvania/Nicholson through South Milwaukee, eliminating the need for widening of the latter south of Rawson to Milwaukee Avenue.
  • Widening between College and Rawson is still planned for this summer and fall — work that I strongly argue is still necessary given the long-range nature of the extension project.
  • The Lake Parkway extension would be a safer road. Crash rates on the extension would be about half that of Pennsylvania, the primary arterial that would (and does) carry traffic without the project.
Public comments are still being taken on the project by March 15. You can do so by email, an online website form, mail or fax. Find details here.

Of course, I’d like to know what you think of this project. Post your comments below!

(I also wanted to share a letter of opposition from Michael Timm, a Cudahy resident and former editor of the Bay View Compass, that found its way to my email. While I support this project, Mr. Timm raises some good points against it. Food for thought …)

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Even More Local Headlines

Check out these headlines from around the area:

Also, County Supervisor Pat Jursik has published her new online newsletter, with items on the Lake Parkway extension, a proposed land swap involving the 128th Air Refueling Wing and Supervisor Jursik deciding to give back  more than $3,500 in unused office account funds. Check it out here.

And NOW has published a new police blotter.

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South Milwaukeean Arrested In Oak Creek Armed Robbery And Other Local Headlines

A South Milwaukee man has reportedly been arrested in an alleged armed robbery last week in Oak Creek.

Check out the Oak Creek Patch story here.

And check out these other local headlines:

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More Local Headlines

Check out these headlines of local interest …

Also:  State Sen. Chris Larson has published a new Larson Report. The headline: “Governor Gets an Incomplete on Education Report Card.”

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Reminder: 794 Extension Meeting Wednesday Evening In South Milwaukee

Update: Here is a detailed story on the extension plan from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The momentum continues for the potential extension of Highway 794 (the Lake Parkway) to Highway 100 and perhaps beyond.

The topic is the subject of a public hearing and information meeting on Wednesday at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and will give citizens a chance to weigh in on whether or not the project should be put on the regional transportation plan.

Check out my previous post on this topic to learn more.

I hope to see you there!

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Quick Council Update

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Wednesday’s City Council meeting, as I was out of town on business.

But all of the items I have written about it in the past week passed, including the sewer rate increase and various borrowing measures.

All passed on 6-0 votes except for the TID 2 (Walmart site) borrowing, which passed 4-2.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 6.

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More Local Headlines

Catching up a bit on some recent local headlines, including a piece praising Rep. Mark Honadel’s “Wisconsin Wins” plan, a bizarre case allegedly involving a South Milwaukeean threatening a woman with a sword and an update on road work happening in Oak Creek (including the Pennsylvania/Nicholson project).

And check out these local headlines of interest from around the South Shore:

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