May 9, 2021 – Washington Co., WI – On Wednesday, May 12 the Washington County Board will be asked again to consider a proposal that CTH W be extended from STH 175 to STH 83 – a new road through farm fields.
This proposal was proposed in January 2019 and February 2019. It was defeated both times.
The questions have not changed…
- Is it fiscally responsible to spend at least $2.1M on .55 miles of new road when other road repair projects have been postponed?
- Is it fiscally responsible to use funding for the upkeep of STH 83 for a different project?
- Is this new road necessary? Two parallel roads exist within one mile.
- What about worsening daily congestion and safety concerns in Allenton due to trains?
- What about safety concerns for slow farm vehicles?
- What about the loss of 11.44 acres of farmland for road development?
The answers remain the same…
In 2019, the County claimed safety concerns at the STH 175/CTH S intersection for why the CTH W extension was needed. The county claims now that “crashes continue.” If this was true, why didn’t the County make the safety improvements that only cost $450,000? There was funding and taxpayer support for this in 2019. If safety was the issue, this less expensive change would fix the problem.
In 2018, the County claimed that the CTH W extension was to “increase mobility from Hartford.” The County has the same reasoning now 3 years later: “the current routing of traffic is not the most efficient travel route.” Is faster traffic in and out of Hartford what this is really about? This sounds more like an alternative reliever route than a safety concern.
Please ask County Supervisors to VOTE NO AGAIN to the Hwy W Extension.
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