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Panel to consider Glenview road improvements tonight

Sept. 27, 2011

People living along Glenview Avenue between Bluemound Road and Wisconsin Avenue have made it clear they prefer the state's plans for road improvements to an alternative floated by the city.

Tonight, the city's Traffic and Safety Committee will decide if it agrees.

A neighborhood meeting earlier this month was attended by 34 property owners as well as representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wauwatosa Engineering Department.

During that meeting, two alternatives were presented about how to improve Glenview so it can handle heavy traffic from the medical campus and from Zoo Interchange reconstruction.

The DOT brought forward a revised plan - an earlier proposal to widen the roadway prompted fears about the safety of children walking to school and property encroachment - that maintains existing road width and limits traffic to two through-lanes in each direction with a bi-directional turn lane in the center of the street. Upgraded traffic signals would be installed at the intersections with Bluemound and Wisconsin, and all street parking along this stretch of Glenview would be prohibited.

The city's alternative calls for widening the roadway by five feet on the west side of Glenview, which would result in the loss of city trees. There would be four traffic lanes in this section during rush hours, and parking would be allowed in the curb lane during off-peak hours and on weekends.

There was unanimous support for the DOT's option at the neighborhood meeting.

If the committee agrees, the DOT expects construction will start on Glenview in summer 2013.

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