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The section of this once-rural twolane roadway , from Racine Avenue to Moorland Road through Muskego , is now a bustling four-lane roadway – fresh with a new identity for the City shown through aesthetic roadway elements that light up the corridor day and night . The County ’ s goals also were met : less congestion for increasing levels of traffic and improved safety from reconfigured intersections , traffic signals , and a strengthened pavement structure .
Because of available federal funding the project was split into two . Phase 1 was 100 % County- and City-funded ; Phase 2 was split between federal and City / County funding and involved extensive coordination with WisDOT .
“ The project was executed almost without fault ,” said Gary Evans , manager of Waukesha County ’ s Highway Engineering Division .
“ We didn ’ t have any issues during construction , and everything was done within the timeframes we set , so ultimately the project was a great success .”
The reinvigorated roadway comes at a perfect time for Muskego , a Milwaukee suburb of about 24,400 people that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and was yearning for a chance to redefine its identity .
HELPING TO BRAND ‘ OUR DOWNTOWN ’
“ It ’ s our downtown . It ’ s our business district . It ’ s our main street into Muskego ,” said David Simpson , Muskego ’ s city engineer . “ We had been hoping for a long time to get that road reconstructed .”
Ayres Associates was the prime design consultant for the roadway reconstruction , utility upgrades , and associated improvements under a contract with the Waukesha County Department of Public Works . Engineering consultant GRAEF – under a separate contract with the City – designed the streetscape , landscape , and decorative lighting improvements , which added the finishing touches to Janesville Road .
Because the project involved many interested parties , collaboration was were critical for the project ’ s success .
“ The roles for each consultant were very definitive ,” said Kristine Anderson , Ayres Associates ’ project manager , “ and I think that ’ s what made it so successful , because it was such a highly collaborative project .”
Anderson said she ’ s pleased with the project ’ s outcome . “ Driving it is like a night-and-day difference ,” she said . “ The traffic flows pretty well ,
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The section of this once-rural twolane roadway, from Racine Avenue to Moorland Road through Muskego, is now a bustling four-lane roadway – fresh with a new identity for the City shown through aesthetic roadway elements that light up the corridor day and night. The County’s goals also were met: less congestion for increasing levels of traffic and improved safety from reconfigured intersections, traffic signals, and a strengthened pavement structure. Because of available federal funding the project was split into two. Phase 1 was 100% County- and City-funded; Phase 2 was split between federal and City/County funding and involved extensive coordination with WisDOT. “The project was executed almost without fault,” said Gary Evans, manager of Waukesha County’s Highway Engineering Division. “We didn’t have any issues during construction, and everything was done within the timeframes we set, so ultimately the project was a great success.” The reinvigorated roadway comes at a perfect time for Muskego, a Milwaukee suburb of about 24,400 people that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and was yearning for a chance to redefine its identity. HELPING TO BRAND ‘OUR DOWNTOWN’ “It’s our downtown. It’s our business district. It’s our main street into Muskego,” said David [\ۋ]\Y&\]H[[Y\8'HYY[[܈Hۙ[YH]]YXۜXY 'B^\\\X]\\H[YB\Yۈۜ[[܈HY^BXۜX[ۋ][]H\ܘY\[\X]Y[\ݙ[Y[[\H۝X]H]Z\B[H\\Y[وXXܚ˂[[Y\[ۜ[[ԐQQ8$[\H\\]H۝X]H]H8$™\YۙYHY]\K[\K[Xܘ]]HY[[\ݙ[Y[XYYH[\[X\’[\ݚ[HY X]\HHڙX[YX[B[\\Y\Y\Xܘ][ۈ\\Hܚ]X[܈HڙX8&\X\˂'H\܈XXۜ[[\H\HY[]]K8'HZYܚ\[B[\ۋ^\\\X]\&HڙXX[Y\8'[H[]8&\]XYH]X\ٝ[ X]\H]\œXHYHXܘ]]HڙX 'B[\ۈZYx&\X\Y]HڙX8&\]YK8'][]\›ZHHY X[ Y^HY\[K8'HBZY 8'HYX]H[ S‚ M‚