At the request of the City of Franklin, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is conducting a traffic engineering study for the intersection of S. 51st Street and W. Drexel Avenue to address congestion issues (excessive vehicle delay and queuing) at the intersection, particularly during student arrival and departure times for the Franklin High School. The study involves analyzing the operation of the existing all-way stop signs at the intersection and identifying and evaluating potential improvements to the operation of the intersection, such as enhancing the existing all-way stop signs with additional lanes, replacing the stop signs with traffic signals, or constructing a roundabout.
A draft report, along with a summary presentation, was presented to the City of Franklin Common Council at their meeting held on March 21, 2017. The draft report documents:
- Inventories of the existing conditions and physical characteristics of the intersection, existing land uses and features adjacent to the intersection, existing physical characteristics of the intersection, such as lane, shoulder, and right-of-way widths; current volumes entering the intersection (including bicycle and pedestrian volumes and truck/bus volumes), current vehicle turning movements within the intersection, and vehicle crashes (including crashes involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and school buses)
- The results of an operational evaluation of the intersection of S. 51st Street and W. Drexel Avenue under existing and forecast future year 2050 conditions.
- The identification of four potential alternatives for the City to consider to improve the operation (reducing average delay and queuing) of the intersection of S. 51st Street and W. Drexel Avenue. This also involved developing planning level designs for each alternative that were used in the evaluation.
- The results of an evaluation of the four identified alternatives based on their ability to reduce delay and queueing, minimize impacts to adjacent land, and minimize construction costs.
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
A public informational meeting is being held to allow the public to review and provide comment on the study alternatives and the results of an evaluation of the alternatives. The meeting will be in an open house format with boards presenting information on the S. 51st Street and W. Drexel Avenue intersection, the identified alternative intersection improvements, and the results of an evaluation of the alternatives. In addition, large display aerial maps of the identified alternative geometric and operational improvements will be laid out on tables allowing the public attending the meeting to identify issues and make suggestions. The public informational meeting will be held:
Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Franklin High School Library
8222 S. 51st Street, Franklin, WI
People needing disability-related accommodations are asked to contact the Commission offices a minimum of 3 business days in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Badke Notice of Potential Assembly of Members of the Franklin Common Council
Notice is given that a quorum or more of the Franklin Common Council, along with City Engineering, DPW, and Planning staff, may attend the public information meeting being held for the S. 51st Street/Drexel Avenue intersection study on May 31, 2017. This may constitute a meeting of the Franklin Common Council, even though the Franklin Common Council will not take formal action at this assembly.
Comments will be accepted through June 15, 2017, and can be provided in written form at the meeting, electronically via email (51st-DrexelStudy@sewrpc.org) or through the S. 51st Street and W. Drexel Avenue intersection study webpage (see below), or via letter to the below address. Any comments received during the public information meeting and the public comment period will be reviewed by City officials to determine whether changes should be made to the alternatives identified or their evaluation, and to assist in determining what potential operational and geometric intersection improvements to take into preliminary engineering and potential implementation.