Brown Deer - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is in planning stages of a reconstruction of Wisconsin Highway 57 (Green Bay Road) from Teutonia Avenue in Brown Deer to Mequon Road in Mequon.
Design is planned through 2013, real estate acquisition from 2014 to 2015, and final design from 2016 to mid-2017. Multistage construction is slated for 2019.
The project, according to DOT documents, is precipitated by inadequate vertical clearance for Brown Deer Road traffic under the Green Bay Road overpass, projected increases in traffic, deteriorating pavement and safety concerns. The project plans presented to Brown Deer and Mequon residents at Brown Deer Village Hall on Tuesday call for reconstruction of the interchange where Brown Deer Road and Green Bay Road intersect, bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders, intersection changes, grass terraces and sidewalks, and signal upgrades.
Brown Deer Road under the overpass will also be expanded to six total lanes to match the rest of road east and west of the overpass.
"The level of service is a D or an F," said DOT Project Manager Tom Lazcano, referring to a 2008 traffic study. "Our minimum to do reconstruction is a C."
Public input at the community meeting was mixed. Some were curious, some skeptical, and some, like Brown Deer resident Ellen Jogwer of 8715 Kildeer Court, were upset. Jogwer said she has seen a number of properties over the years lost to road widening or highway expansions, and that she may lose part of her property as part of the project.
"I don't want them taking any more of our property," said Jogwer, adding that she has called Police Chief Steven Rinzel, North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker, and will be in touch with state Rep. Daniel Knodl.
Mequon resident Matthew Goetzman, who lives near the intersection of Highway 57 and Mequon Road, said he had been struck by a car while walking along Hwy 57 and is glad to see curbs as part of the plan.
"We want public safety," he said. "It's a heavily trafficked road."
During a presentation of the project overview, former Brown Deer Village President Margaret Jaberg spoke out against the reconstruction of the interchange at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads. She said that when the Village Board was creating its 20-year plan, the idea was to do away with the interchange and build a level, "at-grade" intersection to improve sight lines for drivers on Brown Deer Road.
"It's just ridiculous what (the DOT) is doing at that intersection," Jaberg said. "The Village Board wanted this rebuilt at-grade. That was what we had envisioned."
However, Crispell-Snyder transportation engineer Jeff Knudson said an at-grade intersection would need to be large to accommodate the traffic the interchange handles now, with four lanes and multiple left and right turn lanes.
"You would likely have more safety problems," Knudson said.
Representatives from the DOT and Crispell-Snyder encouraged public feedback to aid in the planning stage. Those looking for more information or to offer feedback can contact DOT Southeast Project Communications Manger Lindsay Schmidt at (262) 548-6702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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