Complete Communities Transportation Planning Project
The Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has launched the Complete Communities Transportation Planning Project. This is effort to increase multimodal safety and address reckless driving across all 19 municipalities in Milwaukee County. With support from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and as part of the Federal (USDOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program, Milwaukee County is working collaboratively with municipal leaders across the County to develop a comprehensive, data-driven, countywide plan. Find out more here.
As an opportunity to engage with and hear from residents, an initial step in the planning process was to host a Safe Streets Roadshow beginning in June 2023 for each of Milwaukee County’s 19 municipalities. The Safe Streets Roadshow gathered feedback from residents to understand how Milwaukee County municipalities and all roadway users are impacted by reckless driving. The roadshow also provided an overview of the project, goals and timeline.
In addition to the Safe Streets Roadshow, this project is informed and guided by municipal partners throughout Milwaukee County through steering committees including a Public Advisory Committee comprised of community leaders, advocates and non-profits, and an interdisciplinary Safety Working Group comprised of industry leaders and professionals. Both groups will convene at key moments throughout the process to inform outcomes of the study.
The Public Advisory Committee meets quarterly throughout the duration of the project. Click here for a list of participating organizations.
Information on the Safety Working Group, which meets semi-annually throughout the duration of the project, can be found here.
The City of Milwaukee Mayor’s staff, Milwaukee County Executive staff and Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director’s Office staff meet monthly to update each other on reckless driving prevention efforts and projects. Director’s Office staff also now meets with the City of Milwaukee Vision Zero Policy Director weekly. MCDOT Director’s Office staff has also recently met with representatives from Glendale, Greendale, City of Milwaukee, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and West Allis along with staff from Bublr Bikes and Bike Federation of Wisconsin to discuss a variety of traffic calming and innovative mobility improvement solutionss
Milwaukee County’s East-West Bus Rapid Transit project is wrapping up construction of its BRT station infrastructure and starting service of its first-ever BRT route, CONNECT 1, on June 4, 2023. These highly visible bus stop stations along Wisconsin Ave. and Bluemound Rd. will help slow traffic and prevent passing in the parking/curb lane. Also, Bus Only Lanes on Wisconsin Avenue between Hawley Rd. and N. 8th St. and Plankinton Ave. and Cass St. will further calm traffic and make transit a more feasible and equitable mobility option for everyone. Additionally, Milwaukee County’s North-South Transit Enhancement project is entering into project development, including engineering and design led by a consulting firm. Like the East-West BRT, these highly visible bus stop stations along 27th Street will help slow traffic and prevent passing in the parking/curb lane.
Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director’s Office has committed a portion of its TAP grant funding to the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Healthy & Equity’s Milwaukee-Area Safe Streets Taskforce (MASST) data analysis and dashboard generation. The dashboard will be announced and unveiled to the public later in 2023. Additionally, MCDOT Director’s Office staff meets with MASST members on a monthly basis.
Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director’s Office staff have joined Coalition for Safe Driving MKE and the Sherman Park Reckless Driving Task Force on a consistent basis to discuss reckless driving prevention efforts and to build bridges between residents, neighborhoods and local government.
Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director’s Office has started a collective of internal and external regional stakeholders to study and rapidly implement temporary/tactical Protected Bike Lanes and Bus Only lanes, thus reducing lanes of vehicle travel and calming traffic speeds. The goal is to prove the need for permanent infrastructure in these corridors and shift the tactical infrastructure to other locations of need. Furthermore, Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director’s Office submitted an Areas of Persistent Poverty grant application proposing a Feasibility Study to assess Multimodal Enhancements and Traffic Calming Infrastructure on 35th St. between Vliet St. and National Ave. The proposal includes two different phases of temporary demonstration equipment being used in the corridor as a Shared Bus-Bike Only Lane.
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Press Release (July 10, 2023) Milwaukee County
MCDOT leaders gather early feedback from Milwaukee County Safe Streets Roadshow (July 10, 2023) TMJ4 News
Wauwatosa residents voice driving concerns to DOT at Safe Streets Roadshow (July 13, 2023) TMJ4 News
Milwaukee County hosts first Safe Streets Roadshow for Milwaukee (July 18, 2023) TMJ4 News
Milwaukee County Safe Streets Roadshow; how reckless driving impacts you (July 19, 2023) FOX6 News
Press Release (July 20, 2023) Milwaukee County
Milwaukee County Department of Transportation receives $400,000 grant from FTA (July 20, 2023) Spectrum News
35th Street Bus-Bike Lane Wins Federal Funding (July 20, 2023) Urban Milwaukee
Milwaukee County receives $400,000 federal grant to study traffic calming and bus lane (July 21, 2023) The Daily Reporter
Your Input Sought For Reckless Driving Campaign (July 22, 2023) Urban Milwaukee