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Rep. Kramer and Sen. Zipperer say no to $50 million in savings

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Representative Kramer and Senator Zipperer refused to support defunding the unneeded Waukesha West Bypass extension on Saturday May 14th at Representative Sensenbrenner's listening session in Waukesha.  Cutting this road building project could save the State, County, and City 50 million dollars!  When it comes to cost cutting, it seems like everything is on the table except road building!  Here are my comments, made at the meeting.


Public comment made at Representative Sensenbrenner’s listening session at the Waukesha Public Library on May 14, 2011


My name is Allen Stasiewski. I live in the Town of Waukesha Wisconsin.   I’m here today representing a growing coalition of individuals and groups opposed to the Waukesha West Bypass expansion.  As residents learn more about the negative impact of this unneeded highway expansion project, opposition to it increases.


When proponents try to justify this project they often state that “it’s been on the map for 40 years”.  Well, Waukesha has changed in 40 years.  When this bypass was proposed it was a bypass, today it cuts right through neighborhoods and back yards, next to a school, through wetlands, and over streams.  There’s a reason it’s been on the map for 40 years.  It’s our version of the bypass to nowhere!  It was bad idea 20 years when this bypass was defeated, and it’s a bad idea now.  This road expansion project as proposed will  damage our environment, cause increased noise and light pollution, put our children in danger, decrease property values and more.


We challenge all of the assumptions on which this expansion project is built.


We especially object to the wasteful spending 50 million dollars.  We can’t take care of the roads we have, and now we’re going to expand another highway that we won’t be able to take care of?  There isn’t a road in the Waukesha County that doesn’t need repairs right now!


This is an easy win.  We’re asking you to stop the wasting of 50 million dollars to build a road that isn’t needed, that residents don’t want.  We propose that existing roads be improved at a fraction of the cost.


In the upcoming weeks we will be requesting that the Town of Waukesha, City of Waukesha, Waukesha County, and the State withdraw support and funding of the Waukesha West Bypass expansion.   With all the budget problems we have in this State, with growing deficits, with cuts in important services, we shouldn’t allow unneeded highway projects like this to be built, even with dedicated highway funds.  This 50 million dollars should be re-diverted to improving safety, repairing potholes, fixing our deteriorating bridges and improve transit.    


Will you support defunding the Waukesha Bypass to save 50 million dollars?


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