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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.

                       

Community Engagement

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.

An additional five public engagement meetings during Phase Two of this project will be announced in Spring 2024.

Steering Committees

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.

 

Collaboration Spotlight

Municipal Partnerships

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 and representatives from Glendale, Greendale, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Whitefish Bay along with staff from Bublr Bikes and Bike Federation of Wisconsin to discuss a variety of traffic calming and innovative mobility improvement solutions.

Mass Transit

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.

Higher Education

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.

Community Involvement

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.

Mobility Innovation

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.

Public Health

Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director's Office staff has involvement with the City of Milwaukee's Community Health Improvement Plan called MKE Elevate.  Two of the subcommittees place an emphasis on promoting safe streets and increasing multimodal transportation:  Healthy Built Environment and Safe and Supportive Communities.  Communication between the City of Milwaukee's Health Department and MCDOT Director's Office is ongoing throughout the duration of MKE Elevate to help increase the number, quality, and infrastructure of pedestrian, biking, public transportation, electric vehicles and recreational spaces along with decreasing risk factors for reckless driving and motor vehicle crashes.

Send Feedback to MCDOT

 

Please submit any feedback or questions you have for Milwaukee County Department of Transportation staff regarding our Complete Communities Transportation Planning Project.

 

 

 

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Press Release (November 1, 2023) Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County DOT receives $220K in road safety funding in statewide effort (November 1, 2023) CBS 58 Newsroom

Feds award Milwaukee County $219,000 to improve road safety in 5 communities (November 1, 2023) TMJ4 News

Milwaukee County Receives Funding To Test Road Safety Infrastructure​​​​​​​ (November 1, 2023) Urban Milwaukee

 

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Donna Brown-Martin, Director
10320 W. Watertown Plank Rd., 2nd Floor
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-5992

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