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The I-794 ParkWay has a twofold situation that the DOT can address. First, the speed limit needs to be raised from 40
Second, cameras need to be added to the ParkWay and 794. With the current traffic and the added traffic from the I-43 construction some monitoring needs to happen. With cameras in place traffic backups could be seen. As it stands now, the ParkWay and I-794 are orphans with very little monitoring. We must look towards the future not just our current situation. We must be proactive not reactive. The City of
The District 2 Signal Operations team had one of our electricians check the 794 & Ellen St signal this morning to determine if the correct time was in the signal controller due to daylight savings time and if there were any other signal malfunctions. The correct time was in the controller and there were no malfunctions found. The additional traffic present at this State signal is due to IH 43 traffic diversions due to construction. We then told our electrician to take our signal out of system with the City of Milwaukee’s signal at Oklahoma and Ellen. As of this morning before , the signal was given more green time on 794. This signal will continue to be monitored to determine if additional green time needs to be added to 794. In addition, new traffic counts at this intersection will be available next week to determine further timing improvements. I talked with Mr. Hollenbeck on the phone about the above information.
In addition, I talked with Rollin Bertran from
Marie A. Milam
WisDOT Signal Operations Engineer
Thank you for your comments about traffic conditions and restrictions on the
Regarding speed limits, they were set at 40 mph at the insistence of the communities, who did not want freeway-like conditions in their neighborhoods.
Regarding cameras, there are no definite plans to install cameras or traffic counters on the parkway at this time. However, WisDOT did install most of the necessary infrastructure, including in-pavement detectors, conduit, cabinet bases and even a camera mounting system at one site. This work was included in the initial parkway construction with the expectation of making the final connections when the necessary communications were built. Unfortunately, funding to complete the system has not been available.
We are aware of traffic issues and volumes on the parkway and are looking into the possibility of implementing traffic monitoring on 794 prior to reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange beginning in 2004.
Michael L. O'Brien
Phone: (262) 521-5294
Fax: (262) 548-5662
Thank you for your email attached below. Marie Milam has responded below to your question pertaining to the signal on Highway 794.
I will respond regarding the speed limit on the Parkway portion of 794. During the design process and public hearings which were held for this project, agreements were made between the communities, citizens and the Department of Transportation, that this facility would be constructed as a parkway with curb and gutter sections to maintain the character of the roadway. A lower speed limit was part of that facility design and agreements. The intent was for the facility not to act as a freeway and that in fact there would be a transition from a freeway to a parkway. That is not to say, however, that we are not interested in having both a reasonable and enforceable limit which does not create problems for the motorist.
Because there is no direct access to this roadway and only one traffic signal, there is a tendency for motorists to consistently exceed the posted limit. One area in particular where this occurs is in the southbound direction at the
We will take a closer look at the speeds and update our speed studies to determine what the average speeds are on the facility. The last time we conducted a speed study was in March 2000 before the landscape improvements were complete. These improvements help reinforce the parkway environment. The study will help us determine if the speed limit is reasonable.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions.
Thomas Heydel, P.E
System Operations Supervisor