Realty’s Sand Hill is one of three residential
developments expected to provide about 200 homes
within the next decade that could generate at
least 400 more vehicles along Winkleman, Ainsworth
and Lisbon roads.
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- Village President Jeff Pfannerstill says he wants to
cooperate with neighboring municipalities to resolve
traffic issues on Winkleman and Lisbon roads that will
result from a home building boom along the village’s
northern border with Merton.
Village President Ron Reinowski agrees with
Pfannerstill’s call for cooperation and says he may
also reach out to the elected leaders in the towns of
Lisbon and Merton.
village presidents are concerned about the impact the
development of about 200 homes during the next five to
seven years will have on the roads, including three
were intended to be rural roads carrying farmers and
their equipment. They are hilly and there are some blind
intersections. They were not intended to be carrying
busy commuter traffic,” Pfannerstill told The Freeman.
are county roads and they are responsibility of the
county,” Reinowski added in a separate interview.
Waukesha County highway officials say there is not
enough money to upgrade Winkleman (County Hwy KE) and
Lisbon (County Hwy K) roads.
officials are concerned that the barely visible
Ainsworth Road (note street sign on left)
intersection with Winkleman Road may become more
hazardous because of future residential
development in the neighborhood.
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suggested municipal governments and real estate
developers might share with the county the cost of
improving the roads.
said he believes there may be state or federal grant
money available for the road improvements.
presided over a village Plan Commission meeting earlier
in the week when developer Chip Halquist presented
initial plans for an 80- to 90-home development on 135
acres along Winkleman and Ainsworth roads.
development touches the borders of the village and Town
of Merton as well as the Town of Lisbon and is close to
the Hartland village limits
development is a few hundred yards north of 90 acres of
land owned by Siepmann Realty, where approximately 80
homes are expected in the Sand Hill development.
west of the Siepmann property is another 40 acres of
land dubbed “The North 40” where Neumann Development
is planning about 50 ranch-style single-family
two developments are on the northern border of Hartland.
these approximately 200 new homes are built, they could
generate at least 400 new vehicles traveling on
Ainsworth, Winkleman and Lisbon roads en route to Hwy 16
and Interstate 94, east to Brookfield and Milwaukee and
west to Madison.
told The Freeman he is concerned about commuters from
the Halquist development relying on the intersection of
Ainsworth and Winkleman roads.
said the intersection can be dangerous because nearby
hills block the vision of drivers on Ainsworth Road
trying to turn onto Winkleman Road.
and Pfannerstill are also concerned about two
intersections on Lisbon (Hwy K) Road: Jungbluth Road and
Winkleman Road, both designated as County Highway KE.
Road connects Hwy 16 to Lisbon Road.
Jungbluth Road intersection is on the south side of
few hundred yards to the east is the Winkleman Road
intersection, which is on the north side of Lisbon Road.
intersection can become congested and hazardous,
according to local officials, because of its close
proximity to the Jungbluth Road intersection with Lisbon
Jungbluth Road intersection can be hazardous during rush
hour because a large hill west of the intersection
blocks a driver’s view of oncoming traffic while
attempting a left turn onto Lisbon Road.
is on the side of the municipalities, according to
Merton Village Administrator Tom Nelson.
predicts it could be 5 to 10 years before the three
developments are built to capacity.
Siepmann said the western half of the Sand Hill
development may not begin until the county is ready to
realign Lisbon Road.
realignment plan calls for Lisbon Road to jog north and
east from the Jungbluth Road intersection to connect
with Winkleman Road just south of Ainsworth Road.
realignment would eliminate the intersection of
Winkleman and Lisbon roads.
the realignment is not included in Waukesha County’s
five-year road improvement plan, according to Public
Works Director Allison Bussler.
told The Freeman that compared to busier and bigger
intersections in the county, Winkleman Road does not
have enough traffic volume or accidents to be included
in the five-year plan.
she said the plan is reviewed annually.
agrees the road is the problem. But the bigger problem
is how do we get the county to move it up on their
priorities,” said Pfannerstill.
are all going to have to get together and lobby the
county,” added Reinowski.