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Public hearing set to address future of Interstate Highway 43 in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties

 

April 23, 2014

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southeast Region office in Waukesha is holding a public hearing to discuss the design and environmental aspects of proposed improvements on Interstate Highway 43 from Silver Spring Drive to WIS 60 in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties including those aspects that may require application to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for the placement of fill materials into waters of the United States.

There will be two opportunities to attend the public hearing for this study. Both opportunities will present the same information. Please attend the one that accommodates your schedule.

The first public hearing date and location will be Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, Glendale, WI 53217. The public hearing will be conducted from 5-8 p.m. Interested persons may attend anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to review displays and other hearing materials, ask questions, and provide testimony.

The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end when all interested persons have provided testimony or 8:00 p.m., whichever occurs first. The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin with an informational project presentation prior to accepting traditional-style testimony from the public.

The second public hearing date and location will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Christ Church, 13460 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53097. The public hearing will be conducted from 4-7 p.m. Interested persons may attend anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to review displays and other hearing materials, ask questions, and provide testimony.

The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will end when all interested persons have provided testimony or 7:00 p.m., whichever occurs first. The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin with an informational project presentation prior to accepting traditional-style testimony from the public.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting the I-43 North-South Freeway Corridor Study to develop solutions for addressing deteriorated pavement, design deficiencies, safety concerns, growing travel demand and other existing and emerging problems in the corridor.

The proposed action would reconstruct I-43 between Silver Spring Drive in the city of Glendale (south limit), and WIS 60 in the village of Grafton (north limit) a distance of about 14 miles. The scope of the proposed action includes rebuilding the mainline roadway, bridges, and interchanges; replacing the existing partial interchange at County Line Road with a full-access interchange, or removing the interchange; constructing a new interchange at Highland Road; reconstructing local streets affected by the freeway reconstruction; and enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the reconstructed freeway.

Seven interchanges exist in the corridor: Silver Spring Drive, Good Hope Road, Brown Deer Road (WIS 100), County Line Road, Mequon Road (WIS 57/167), Pioneer Road (County C) and WIS 60.

These improvements will require 12 residential and 3 business relocations. In addition, approximately 30 acres of new right of way, 27 acres of wetland, 5 acres of floodplain and 10 acres of farmland will be impacted.

Mitigation and environmental commitments associated with these impacts are addressed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing to learn more about the proposed improvements and provide input. Project maps and other information will be on display and WisDOT staff will be available to explain the proposed improvements and answer questions. Information on how to present verbal and written testimony will be provided at the public hearing.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Hearing impaired persons needing assistance may call the Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System (dial 711). To allow time for arranging assistance, please call no later than three working days prior to the hearing.

For additional information about the proposed improvements, interested persons may contact the WisDOT project manager, Steve Hoff, P.E., Phone: (262) 548-6718 or send an e-mail to: doti43northsouth@dot.wi.gov.