About the Study
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) recently conducted a study of a potential six-mile extension of the Lake Parkway (State Trunk Highway 794) from its current end point at Edgerton Avenue to State Trunk Highway 100 in Milwaukee County. The study was prepared at the request of Milwaukee County and the Cities of Cudahy, Oak Creek, St. Francis, and South Milwaukee. The purpose of the study was to propose and evaluate alternatives for a Lake Parkway extension, and ultimately recommend to SEWRPC’s Advisory Committee on Regional Transportation System Planning and to SEWRPC whether an extension of the Lake Parkway should be added to the regional transportation plan and a request be made that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) conduct the necessary preliminary engineering and environmental impact studies for the extension.
Lake Parkway Extension Study Advisory Committee
The study was guided by an Advisory Committee composed primarily of elected officials. The Advisory Committee was responsible for making the final study recommendations.
Also guiding the study was a Technical Subcommittee including the technical staff of the elected officials in the Advisory Committee.
As part of the study effort, SEWRPC staff first developed alternative designs for a Lake Parkway extension, including alternative alignments, cross-sections, and roadway crossing treatments. These alternatives were developed under guidance from the study Advisory Committee, and attempted to minimize impact on existing and planned land uses. The Advisory Committee reviewed the alternative designs and selected an initially preferred design for a Lake Parkway extension. SEWRPC staff then estimated the initially preferred design's potential benefits, estimated construction cost, and anticipated right-of-way acquisition and impacts. Based on this evaluation, the Advisory Committee determined to make a preliminary recommendation that the Lake Parkway be extended from Edgerton Avenue to State Trunk Highway 100, and approved presenting the initially preferred design to the public for comment. The preliminary recommendations presented to the public for comment are summarized in this brochure.
Public comment was obtained regarding the Advisory Committee’s preliminary recommendations for a Lake Parkway extension from oral and written comments at a public meeting held on February 29, 2012, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, as well as via letter, e-mail, or through the study website. Public comment was received during a formal public comment period of February 15, 2012, through March 15, 2012. Following the public meeting and public comment period, the Commission staff prepared a record of the public comment received, including responses to comments as appropriate, and presented the record to the Advisory Committee.
To view the display boards used at the February 29 public meeting, click on this link:
• February 29 Public Meeting Display Boards
To view the presentation given at the February 29 public meeting, click on this link:
• February 29 Public Meeting Presentation
Based on the public comment received on the preliminary recommendations, the Advisory Committee determined to make a final recommendation that the Lake Parkway be extended from Edgerton Avenue to State Trunk Highway 100 in Milwaukee County. As part of the final recommendations, the Advisory Committee determined to continue to recommend the initially preferred design, including the preferred alignment, cross-section, and roadway crossing treatments, and determined to recommend eight refinements to the preliminary recommendations, which are listed in the final study report. The eight refinements address some of the suggested changes and concerns expressed in the public comments received on the preliminary recommendations, and emphasize specific issues that should be given particular consideration during preliminary engineering.
The Advisory Committee further recommended that SEWRPC add the Lake Parkway extension to the regional transportation system plan, and recommended that upon addition of a Lake Parkway extension to the regional transportation system plan, Milwaukee County and each of the concerned and affected local governments, including the Cities of Cudahy, Milwaukee, Oak Creek, St. Francis, and South Milwaukee, request that WisDOT conduct the necessary preliminary engineering and environmental impact studies for a Lake Parkway extension.