Environment
8:54 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Road Construction Causing Traffic Headaches in Wauwatosa

Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley says her city is experiencing an extraordinary number of road projects.

Congestion builds daily along Mayfair and Watertown Plank Roads. Crews are also rebuilding major intersections, such as at Highway 100 and Bluemound.‘Tosa Mayor Kathy Ehley says the construction is affecting the morale of some residents.

“Not only are they having trouble getting in and out, and the routes are changing every day, but people are cutting through neighborhoods and not being courteous and keeping speeds to an appropriate level. So we’ve got all sorts of safety issues as well,” Ehley says.

Ehley says police are now watching neighborhoods where speeding has been common.  She says public safety workers must also remain aware of detours, so they can quickly respond to emergencies or convey patients to Froedtert and Children’s hospitals.

“Those routes change on a daily basis, so our dispatchers and first responders really need to keep up to date with the DOT on what roads are closed or narrowed down to one lane,” Ehley says.

Road construction throughout Wauwatosa isn’t only affecting residents. Work along Bluemound Road for instance, impacts people traveling to and from the Milwaukee County Zoo – a regional attraction. Starting Thursday, visitors to the Wisconsin State Fair will be the next group to get a taste of “Tosa’s incredible construction season.