underway as tournament representatives, Washington County officials
and golf course staff prepare the logistics of hosting thousands of
spectators for the 2017 U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship at Erin
Hills Golf Course.
Commissioner Scott Schmidt provided an overview of parking and
transportation plans, albeit tentative, and supervisors voted to
approve permit application for variances to the public right of ways
to accommodate the influx of visitors during Wednesday’s Public
Works Committee meeting.
officials are planning to have a parking lot in Oconomowoc to
accommodate spectators coming from the southern half of the state,
and providing busing services from that area to the venue.
lot that they are looking at doing is over here in the village of
Germantown off of Holy Hill Road and Highway Y,” Schmidt said.
There will be
signs to direct them to the lot using particular roads because they
want to leave Highway 167 open for buses to transport spectators to
prospective lot will be in the town of Erin to accommodate those who
are driving in, at Hall Road and Druid Lake Road.
will be coming from Highway 60 and down Highway 83, or all the way
up to Highway 60, down Highway 164 to Highway E, to Highway K to
Highway E and down Highway 83 to get into that parking area,”
Schmidt said. “Those are smaller lots. I don’t want to call them VIP
parking, but corporate parking — closer to the event, a little
shorter ride. One site, there will be some high-end parking for the
golfers, caddies, and those types.”
county officials want to limit traffic on Highway 83 and reserve it
to transport emergency vehicles and first responders. The same is
true for Highway 167, especially at the intersection of Highway 164.
tournament officials are asking to close Highway O to accommodate
buses transporting spectators to and from the event. Residents will
be provided passes to allow them passage.
The county is
amendable to the closing, but requires a plan before it is able to
give its approval.