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Freeway Corridor Study

Project Brief
January 30 & 31, 2013

North-South

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING 2

Bender Road to Green Tree Road


This project brief discusses the issues associated with I-43 from the existing 6-lane freeway north of the Silver Spring Drive interchange to the Green Tree Road overpass. It also briefly describes a range of alternatives developed and how they address these issues, as well as comparing the impacts and costs associated with these improvements. Major constraints in this area include tight right of way, a railroad crossing, and Port Washington Road and Jean Nicolet Road running parallel to the freeway.

LEGEND
Major Roadways Existing Interchange Potential New Interchange

60 CTH W

CEDARBURG

GRAFTON

Lakefield Rd

County C / Pioneer Rd

MEQUON

(not to scale)

Highland Rd Port Washington Rd

Issues in the Area:

THIENSVILLE

Lake Michigan

Safety concerns related to the northbound third lane drop north of Silver Spring Drive High traffic volumes create congestion during morning and evening peak travel times Substandard vertical clearance at bridges Substandard freeway design

Mequon Rd

167

Donges Bay Rd

County Line Rd
Milwaukee Co

Ozaukee Co BAYSIDE

Brown Deer Rd
BROWN DEER

Alternatives Presented
Alternatives to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement include No-Build and Build alternatives. The No-Build alternative leaves the system as it currently exists and serves as a base alternative for comparison. The Build alternatives presented tonight are shown below.

100
RIVER HILLS FOX POINT

Port Washington Rd

W Good Hope Rd
MILWAUKEE GLENDALE

SPOT IMPROVEMENT

Silver Spring Dr

Median Barrier Improvement - Includes addition of a median barrier from Bender Road to Good Hope Road.

Project Location Map

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

RECONSTRUCTION (WITHOUT ADDITIONAL LANES)

I-43 Centered - I-43 is reconstructed with four-lanes to todays standards.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

RECONSTRUCTION (WITH ADDITIONAL LANES)

I-43 Centered - I-43 is widened to six lanes centered about the existing roadway. Widening impacts both sides of the roadway.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

I-43 Shifted East - I-43 is widened to six lanes, shifting the freeway improvements to the east, leaving Jean Nicolet Road on its existing alignment. Widening impacts business and residential properties east of Port Washington Road.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

I-43 Shifted West - I-43 is widened to six lanes, shifting the freeway improvements to the west. The widening impacts residential properties, North Shore Water Commission Facilities and the Nicolet High School parking lot and football field.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

I-43 Elevated with raised profile from Railroad Overpass to Green Tree Road - I-43 is widened to six lanes on a best-fit alignment through the segment and I-43 is elevated over the railroad crossing to Green Tree Road. There are different access options shown for side roads connecting to Jean Nicolet Road and Port Washington Road. Jean Nicolet Road is partially removed from Montclaire Avenue to Green Tree Road.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

I-43 Raised North Section - I-43 is widened to six lanes on a best-fit alignment, passing underneath the railroad crossing to Green Tree Road. The mainline will be elevated as it proceeds north and access to Nicolet High School will be from Port Washington Road underneath I-43.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

Bender Road to Green Tree Road (continued) widened six lanes best-fit alignment, passing underneath the railroad and I-43 Depressed - I-43 is Road. ThetoconnectionontoaNicolet High School and the existing neighborhoods will be underneath Green Tree
above I-43.

N
Safety concern High traffic volumes Substandard clearance - bridges Substandard freeway design

Comparison of Impacts
Alternative Relative Costs* Wetland Impacts
Impacts to Potentially Historic Properties na Impacts to Public Recreation Properties na R/W Acquisition **

Potential Residential Relocations

Potential Commercial Relocations

Comments

Spot Improvement Median Barrier I-43 Centered (four-lane) I-43 Centered (six-lane) I-43 Shifted East (six-lane) I-43 Shifted West (six-lane) I-43 Raised over RR (six-lane) I-43 Raised (six-lane) I-43 Depressed (six-lane)

na

na

$$ $$$

yes yes

na yes

na yes

Low High

1 7

0 1 Impacts on both sides of freeway Impacts concentrated on the east side of I-43 Impacts concentrated on the west side of I-43 Minimize relocates by elevating I-43 Minimize impacts by shifting alignment east and west Impacts concentrated on the west side of I-43

$$$

yes

na

yes

High

$$$

yes

yes

yes

High

10

$$$$$$

yes

yes

yes

Low

$$$$

yes

yes

yes

Moderate

$$$$$

yes

yes

yes

High

na = none anticipated *compares relative total project costs at this location **compares relative right of way aquisitions at this location

Whats Next
Alternatives will be refined based on comments received from this public meeting and ongoing traffic analysis and engineering. Each alternative will then be evaluated based on comments received, impacts, and on how well it meets the purpose and need for this study. The alternatives will be compared to determine which provide the most benefit while minimizing impacts. Intersections will be evaluated for signals or roundabouts. The retained alternatives will be presented at the third public information meeting in late summer 2013. A recommended alternative will then be presented in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement followed by a Public Hearing in early 2014 for your additional input.

How to Get Involved


Attend public meetings to share your thoughts with the project team. For the latest project information, go to: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/seregion/43 or email comments directly to: doti43northsouth@dot.wi.gov

Contact Information
Steve Hoff, P.E. Project Manager (262) 548-6718 PO Box 798 141 NW Barstow Street Waukesha, WI 53187 Manojoy Nag, P.E. Supervisor (262) 548-6423 PO Box 798 141 NW Barstow Street Waukesha, WI 53187