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I have heard from some of my DOT friends that the State and County are looking at putting four roundabouts in
The intersection of College and
*The intersection of College and
*The intersection of KK and Plankinton
* Haven’t received confirmation on these, but I was told they were just being looked at as in the planning stages. I was told all intersections that are redone have to have roundabouts considered for them.
I have contacted Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s Office, Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik and
I have heard from Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s Office and Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, but not yet from
I have heard from a Cudahy Official that told me the College and
I can tell you from contacting all these agencies, the DOT holds the cards and information between everyone is sketchy at best. But it is what is normally expected.
Don’t you think they would have consulted with the Cudahy Police and Fire Departments, the local trucking companies, other businesses in the area, and the city leaders?
The answer I have found so far is, “NO” and the County told one of our city leaders, “No one spoke up about it from
When and where was this?
Who was there from
Where are the studies?
These are not set in stone and are proposals, but if we don’t let the powers that be know we don’t want them, we will get them.
Sounds a lot like the State wanting to take away home rule on the Sex Offenders doesn’t it?
How much are we going to let the State and County push our City around?
Contact your Alderperson and the Mayor,
Phone: (414) 278-4211
Phone (414) 278-4231
WisDOT Frank Busalacchi, Secretary
Mayor Tony Day
Phone Number: (414) 769-2222
1st District Alderperson
Phone Number: (H) 763-5105
2nd District Alderperson
Phone Number: (H) 744-0420
3rd District Alderperson
Phone Number: (H) 769-6626
4th District Alderperson
Phone Number: (H) 489-9287
5th District Alderperson
Phone Number: (H) 769-1889
Email from Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s Office
Thank you for contacting Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker regarding your concern about roundabouts in the City of
I checked with our Department of Transportation and Public Works, and they are not aware of any roundabouts at College Avenue & Lake Drive, or KK & Plankinton.
Again, thanks for contacting the
Darlene J. Wink
Constituent Services Coordinator
Mr. Hollenbeck: The only roads the county controls are the county highways; in Cudahy this would be either Layton or College; The only roundabout planned that I know about was on College, and this was only going to be considered if the post office went in; this project is now on hold since the postal service is in difficult financial condition. There were public hearings on this matter last summer. DOT is on record favoring round abouts due to decrease in traffic accidents. The actual roundabout, if built, would be in So.Milw or Milw, not in
Crashes are up at
With 49 crashes at the I-43 and Moorland/Rock Ridge roads roundabout since it opened in November 2007 while still under construction, it's not a stretch to say things got off to a bumpy start.
In less than two years of operation, the roundabout eclipsed the number of crashes at the traditional intersections that had been there - the entrance and exit ramp to I-43 south of the freeway overpass and the Moorland-Rock Ridge intersection serving a movie theater, hotel and restaurants.
The roundabout combined those intersections.
The old freeway intersection had 29 crashes in nearly eight years before the roundabout, according to New Berlin Police Chief Joseph Rieder. And the Moorland-Rock Ridge roads intersection had 13 crashes between June 2002 and November 2007.
State transportation officials, though, are not about to put the brakes on roundabouts. They say roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections and ease congestion by keeping traffic moving. Crashes at the I-43 roundabout have been less severe, they say.
They acknowledge that there have been a lot of crashes at the roundabout. But many have been fender-benders, and there have been far fewer crashes involving injuries than in the past. Of the 49 crashes, only three involved injuries.
"The one thing I think that needs to be kept in mind about roundabouts - I know they are not popular - but three injury accidents, that's a good number," Rieder said.
DOT spokesman Dennis Shook points out that since the roundabout became fully functional in July, the number of accidents has decreased. "People are starting to get the hang of it," he said.
The DOT has had better luck at the roundabout north of the I-43/Moorland Road overpass. Since that opened in November 2008, 14 crashes have occurred there. But that is still more than the average of eight crashes per year that occurred there between 2000 and 2008 before the roundabout.
Despite the crashes, Shook doesn't consider the roundabouts dangerous.
"We've virtually eliminated personal-injury accidents. It's infinitely better to have a fender-bender than a fatal accident," he said.