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|Posted on September 12, 2011 at 9:45 PM|
County officials announced today that all work on the Hwy 59 Bypass will be permanently stopped. John Adams, project coordinator, made the announcement during the release today, of a report on the embattled highway expansion project. Mr. Adams went on to say “We decided that it just isn’t really necessary. We’ll take some of the 54 million dollars and use it to improve existing roads in the county, something residents have been requesting for years.”
The decision was applauded by many. County Supervisor, Ben Franklin stated, “We have enough highways in Waukesha, we need to do a better job maintaining the ones we have!”
The report states that the county will make some improvements to Hwy TT. Mr Adams, clarified, “We’ll just put in left hand turn lanes at Madison St. That ought to do it! The highway is really only busy a few hours a day during rush hour. The turn lanes will pretty much take care of that. We’ll also be extending the bike path to join the Lake Country Trail to the Glacial Drumlin Trail. It’s not all about highways, we need to pay attention to recreation too.”
Waukesha city mayor Tom Jefferson, who was also at the joint announcement explained. “Waukesha is a beautiful place, a unique place, and we want to keep it that way. Hwy TT is a part of that! It has pretty vistas, oak trees hundreds of years old, adjoining farm fields, why would we want to destroy all that for a road. The residents of this city deserve more that that. When I was elected I promised that we would make decisions that add value to the quality of life in this city. Leaving the road as it is does that. Another 4 lane highway would only bring more noise, more trucks, air and water pollution, and the resultant sprawl would destroy the neighborhoods along the route.
Not all agree with the decision to discontinue work on the bypass. “I’ve been waiting for the bypass. After all its been on the map for 50 years. Isn’t that reason enough to build it? If I can get to work 3 or 4 minutes quicker I can sleep later. What about my quality of life?” said Rich Nixon, a resident of Mukwonago who regularly travels the route.
A Waukesha alderman, who refused to be named, stated after the announcement, “Its about time we do the right thing for residents of the city. It’s time we walk the talk. I can’t claim to be fiscally conservative and stand by while we waste 50 million dollars on an unnecessary, environmentally destructive highway project. Lets face it, there are a lot more important things we can do with the money!”