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Meeting Wednesday for Highway 67 reconstruction

Road widened to six lanes, I-94 bridges reconstructed

City of Oconomowoc - The state Department of Transportation wants your input on a major reconstruction of Highway 67 slated for 2015-16. The project includes widening the road and reconstructing the Highway 67 bridges over I-94.

An open-house meeting with maps and information is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

The project team will be available to answer questions and take comments and concerns.

The DOT first announced plans for the road work in 2011. The project scope includes:

Reconstruction of Highway 67 from Delafield Road to Thackeray Trail

Reconstruction of Highway 67 bridges over I-94

Widening Highway 67 from I-94 to Oconomowoc Parkway to six lanes (expandable to eight lanes)

Widening Highway 67 to six lanes from Oconomowoc Parkway to Lexington Drive

Widening Highway 67 from Lexington Drive to Summit Avenue to five lanes

Reconstructing Summit Avenue to Thackeray Rail, but keeping the road four-lanes-wide

If you can't attend the meeting, contact Michael Pyritz at (262) 548-8759, or michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov.

Thackeray extension

The city is studying an extension of Thackeray Trail from Silver Lake Street to Summit Avenue at the same time as the Highway 67 reconstruction. City Public Works Director Mark Frye said it would be opportunistic to extend Thackeray while the area is under construction.

The city has been studying extending Thackeray since 2011. A group of residents in Whitman Hills Park subdivision are against the idea.

In November, the city met with residents to show them plans for the project. The extension would have to go through wetlands, and the city has been working with the state Department of Natural Resources on the matter. Beyond connectivity, a stormwater problem exists in the area. Officials said the work would alleviate flooding problems.

Whitman Park Hills residents continue to oppose the Thackeray project. They regularly attend council meetings, wearing red to signify their desire to see the city stop or slow down on the project. They have said they agree flooding should be solved, but are not in favor of the road extension they said will increase traffic and reduce the quality of life in their subdivision.

Frye did not return an inquiry on the project status by press time.

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