West Waukesha Bypass Study
In February 2010 Waukesha County began a detailed study of the West Waukesha Bypass between Interstate 94 and WIS 59 on the west side of the City of Waukesha. The transportation improvements are being studied to address growing local and regional traffic volumes, and to enhance traffic flow and safety.
The West Waukesha Bypass has been in county and regional transportation plans for decades. In April 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding (1.34 mb PDF) was signed by Waukesha County, the City of Waukesha, the Town of Waukesha, and WisDOT, identifying the local, county, and state responsibilities for studying and possibly building the West Waukesha Bypass.
Waukesha County will be the lead agency for the West Waukesha Bypass study. Waukesha County, following Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration protocol, will lead preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for this project. The EIS will be prepared to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. The EIS will evaluate alternatives for providing a north-south arterial highway between I-94 and WIS 59 and will also evaluate doing nothing. An EIS documents why the project is needed, alternatives considered, and the impacts of the different alternatives. For more information about Environmental Impact Statements and the EIS process please see the FHWA website.
The study is scheduled to culminate in 2013 with a decision by the Federal Highway Administration on whether to build the bypass and, if so, where to build it. If approved, construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2015 north of Summit Avenue and 2015 or 2016 south of Summit Avenue.
On April 24 Waukesha County sent a memo to the DNR, Corps of Engineers and US EPA documenting the reasons Waukesha County has selected the Pebble Creek West Alternative as the preferred alternative. The memo is on the Environmental Impact Statement and Technical Reports page.
In March Waukesha County took soil samples and installed several monitoring wells in the vicinity of Sunset Drive just west of Pebble Creek. The purpose of the soil borings and monitoring wells was to gather more data on groundwater levels in the area where the new roadway may be built. The results are summarized in the preferred alternative memo on the Environmental Impact Statement and Technical Reports page.
The Draft EIS was approved on October 19. It's on the Environmental Impact Statement and Technical Reports page. The public comment period on the Draft EIS began October 26 and ended on December 10.
During the study process, the public will have numerous opportunities to provide comments on the project. A public hearing was held at Waukesha North High School on November 13. The public is also encouraged to contact Waukesha County project manager Gary Evans with any comments or questions regarding the study. CH2M HILL was selected to assist Waukesha County with completing the EIS. Charlie Webb is the project manager for CH2M HILL and may also be contacted with project-related comments and questions.
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