An informal public information meeting has been set by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southeast Region for Wednesday, March 27, on the future state highways 83/20 reconstruction projects eyed for 2018.
The open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St., notes Absolutely Waterford, a volunteer group committed to restoring Waterford’s downtown Heritage District as the business, cultural and social center of the community.
According to information provided by the state, the proposed project includes the reconstruction of East Main Street from First Street to Milwaukee Street. Right-of-way acquisition is anticipated, although the extents are not known at this time.
The March 27 meeting marks the kick off for the project development process, explains the purpose and need for the project and will gain input from the public. Exhibits will be on display showing the existing roadway conditions including crash and safety information. Conceptual roadway cross-sections will be available for review and comment.
The public is encouraged to attend March 27, provide input and ask questions about this project.
“Public input received at this meeting will help us shape the project and correct issues associated with the roadway regarding safety, traffic congestion, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, and drainage – to name a few,” said Senior Project Manager John Elkin, of RA Smith National, consultant for WisDOT.
“We will be working with the Village of Waterford and the local businesses to include aesthetic and decorative improvements to the downtown area, which will be a very exciting aspect of this project for the community.”
Following the meeting, Elkin expects to develop preliminary roadway designs that will consider input received at this meeting.
Elkin, and other WisDOT officials, along with Tina Chitwood, interim Waterford Village Administrator, will be on hand March 27 to answer citizens’ questions and hear concerns.
Anyone unable to attend or who would like more information, should contact Janet Cannon, WisDOT Project Manager at (262) 548-6980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments about the project can be mailed to Janet Cannon, 141 NW Barstow Street, PO Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187-0798.
Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Cannon at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).