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West Waukesha Bypass Study
In February 2010 Waukesha County began a detailed study of the West Waukesha Bypass between Interstate 94 and WIS 59 on the west side of the City of Waukesha. The transportation improvements are being studied to address growing local and regional traffic volumes, and to enhance traffic flow and safety.
The West Waukesha Bypass has been in county and regional transportation plans for decades. In April 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Waukesha County, the City of Waukesha, the Town of Waukesha, and WisDOT, identifying the local, county, and state responsibilities for studying and possibly building the West Waukesha Bypass.
Waukesha County will be the lead agency for the West Waukesha Bypass study. Waukesha County, following Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration protocol, will lead preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project. The EIS will be prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS will evaluate alternatives for providing a north-south arterial highway between I-94 and WIS 59 and will also evaluate doing nothing. An EIS documents why the project is needed, alternatives considered, and the impacts of the different alternatives. For more information about Environmental Impact Statements and the EIS process please see the FHWA website.
The study is scheduled to culminate in summer 2011 with a decision by the Federal Highway Administration on whether to build the bypass and, if so, where to build it. If approved, construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2012 or 2013.
During the study process, the public will have numerous opportunities to provide comments on the project. Public information meetings are tentatively scheduled for spring 2010 and fall 2010 and a public hearing is set for spring 2011. The public is also encouraged to contact Waukesha County project manager Gary Evans with any comments or questions regarding the study. CH2M HILL was selected to assist Waukesha County with completing the EIS. Charlie Webb is the project manager for CH2M HILL and may also be contacted with project-related comments and questions.
Gary Evans, P.E.
- Waukesha County Dept. of Public Works
- Engineering Services Manager
- (262) 548-7740
- CH2M HILL
- Project Manager
- (414) 847-0248
In March 2010 residents adjacent to Meadowbrook/Merrill Hills Road may notice the study team checking the location of wetlands or counting traffic at intersections. The study team will also be taking soil samples in the area between Sunset Drive and WIS 59. A letter was sent to property owners in these areas on February 25th announcing this work.
On March 24th the study team will hold the first Community Sensitive Solutions Advisory Committee Meeting. The advisory committee is just one of many ways the study team will solicit input on the West Waukesha Bypass. For more information on the Community Sensitive Solutions Approach click here.
Please check this website often for the most up-to-date project news and announcements of upcoming project meetings.