Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hooray for the Common Council

The Common Common Council voted today to oppose expansion of I-94 North-South I-94. The vote was supposed to come next month -- the JS reported that Ald. Robert Bauman pulled the matter from committee so the city could get its comments in to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation by the close of the comment periods.

(WisDOT conveniently set the public comment period from the Friday before Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve, exactly over the holiday season, when the people's lives are harried and they are pre-occupied with things other than government agencies run amok.)

The measure calls for the state to forego freeway expansion -- it does not urge it to forego reconstruction and safety improvements -- in favor of mass transit development. The vote was 10-4. The JS says the council voted to oppose expansion south of the city, but Bauman's resolution opposes expansion south of the Mitchell Interchange, which includes a good stretch of freeway within the city as well.

And a reminder about the WisDOT-sponsored public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Best Western at 5105 S. Howell Ave. in Milwaukee. (It's not really a public hearing, but WisDOT thinks we're dumb enough to believe that this sham process is a public hearing.) First WisDOT gives a presentation on why its ideas for freeways are a good idea - people with different views are not scheduled to give presentations -- and then folks can submit written comments or recite them to a court reporter. Is that like any public hearing you've ever heard about?

If you're interested, the event is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you're not interested, please don't forget to submit your comments to WisDOT by Dec. 31. You can do so by:

* calling the project hotline: (262) 548-8721
* e-mailing dotsefreeways94nsc@dot.state.wi.us
* faxing letters to (262) 548-5662
* or writing to to WisDOT: Attention Bob Gutierrez at P.O. Box 798 Waukesha, WI 53187-0798

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Alderman Witkowski is one of the few who voted to widen I-94 to 8 Lanes of traffic, yet opposes full access ramps at I-894 & 27th St.
Wonder what's up his sleeve?
Is he going to retire to Oak Creek? South Milwaukee? Franklin? so he can speed up and down the humongous interstate while counting his double dipping pension payments?