Town of Waukesha votes down West Waukesha Bypass
City of Waukesha will take up road project at tonight's Council meeting
The Town of Waukesha Board and its residents made their stance of opposition very clear on the West Waukesha Bypass at Wednesday night's Town Board meeting.
The Board voted, 4-1, on four resolutions against the building of the bypass, a project that plans to connect Highway 59 and Interstate 94 on Waukesha's west side. The project was first introduced 60 years ago.
Among the resolutions the Town voted against was the Pebble Creek alternative that would see the bypass go through Sunset Drive and Highway 59.
Many of the Town residents, who spoke for almost two hours during the public comment portion of the meeting, said they didn't support it when it was first introduced and aren't going to support it now.
Reasons for opposition ranged from safety concerns with Meadowbrook School nearby, taking away green space and the rural atmosphere the Town provides, decreased property values, noise concerns and pollution.
Others questioned the value of it and whether the Town would gain any financial benefits to it.
Residents also said that more of the Town's voice should be considered since they said 80 percent of the bypass would be in the Town of Waukesha.
There were more than a dozen people who spoke against it and a handful more who sent letters that Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc read in opposition of the bypass.
There were only two people who spoke in favor of the bypass.
The City of Waukesha will now review the West Waukesha Bypass at its Common Council meeting Thursday night at the Council Chambers, 201 Delafield St., and act on a resolution. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
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