I’ll have a better response to the WisDOT’s decision against including a bicycle and pedestrian path on the Hoan Bridge, set for large-scale reconstruction starting in 2013, but I am truly disappointed in their decision..
“DOT’s Decision – A Public Disappointment”
12/19/11 Public Letter from Senator Chris Larson
“I am disappointed that WisDOT refused to listen to the voices of business leaders and the thousands of neighbors who advocated for this once-in-a-generation opportunity. The vast majority of constituents I heard from supported this project. It is truly unfortunate that we will probably have to wait at least another 40 years to revisit this. Friday’s decision by the DOT represents a missed opportunity for Milwaukee’s economic development, tourism and safe transportation options for bicyclists and pedestrians.” – read full letter here.
“WisDOT: No Bikes On The Hoan” on BFW Blog
“We promise to make every last effort to find a compromise solution, this once-in-a generation chance is just too important. Please stay tuned here for further news next week.”
“Bike path proposal rejected for Hoan Bridge” on Today’s TMJ4
“Milwaukee Democratic Rep. Representative Jon Richards isn’t buying it, telling TODAY’S TMJ4, “The materials that we saw really provided no clear reason to say no. And there were plenty of good reasons to say yes.” ”
WisDOT Communications Letter from Friday, December 16th 2011
“Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Mark Gottlieb said today the department continues to work with Milwaukee area officials, including local community leaders and the mayor on their economic development priorities.
“We’re partnering with local economic development leaders to make infrastructure improvements that will encourage more economic growth,” Gottlieb said. “We’re pleased to be able to meet the economic development priorities of the Milwaukee area.”
In meetings with area leaders WisDOT noted the most important projects regarding economic development, including:
Studying ramp modifications in the Lake Interchange that, if deemed feasible, are consistent with the Lakefront Planning Committee’s lakefront development vision.
Construction of Canal Street and the bridge crossings of the Menomonee River, making Menomonee Valley businesses accessible to workers by bicycle and foot.
Providing development space along the former Park East freeway corridor.
Investigating other development opportunities throughout southeast Wisconsin.
WisDOT is in early discussions with the city of Milwaukee to investigate potential ramp modifications in the Lake Interchange. This could involve removing the I-794 eastbound exit and westbound entrance ramps that connect with Lincoln Memorial Drive. Options to enhance the Lake Interchange have been identified as a top economic development priority.
Given the need to prioritize the top economic development projects, after careful study, WisDOT is not moving forward with a bike path on the Hoan Bridge. “The Hoan Bridge is a vital part of the Milwaukee-area freeway system. However, the alternatives presented in the feasibility study would impair our ability to provide safe, efficient travel and deliver less value than other possible department investments in economic development in Milwaukee,” Secretary Gottlieb said.
“We’re making great progress on the area’s priorities,” said Secretary Gottlieb. “Our focus is always on promoting economic development and public safety.””