Infrastructure & Environment

Waukesha County’s economic vitality depends on modern, safe and efficient infrastructure networks, from our transportation systems, to technology, to our water supply. In particular, we recognize the need for a sustainable funding solution to meet the critical transportation infrastructure needs of our state. The effective flow of goods, services and people is fundamental to business growth and a vibrant economy.

2020 Policy Priorities:

  1. Advocate for statewide, sustainable, long-term transportation funding solutions.
  2. Advocate for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street.
  3. Support cost-effective, efficient, flexible transportation to connect employees with jobs in Waukesha County.
  4. Support the evaluation of intermodal facilities for Wisconsin that could enhance freight rail service for Wisconsin shippers.
  5. Advocate for policies that support and streamline the deployment of 5G (5th generation) networks and educate municipal leaders on the benefits of 5G to businesses and the economy.
  6. Support the City of Waukesha in the implementation of borrowing and returning water from Lake Michigan.

Talking Points:

  • It’s time for Wisconsin to create a long-term transportation plan that aligns transportation project priorities with predictable funding to ensure projects are completed in a timely manner.
  • A good, well-maintained and operated transportation infrastructure leads to more jobs, a strong economy, increased public safety and improves the quality of life in Wisconsin.
  • Access to a robust transportation system is consistently one of the top issues we hear from businesses – both those already doing business here and those looking to relocate or expand in the region.
  • The Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported that the transportation fund is at least $940 million short per year to fund all of the existing approved projects.
  • The proportion of Wisconsin state highways rated in good condition decreased from 53.5% in 2010 to 41% in 2015, according to WisDOT’s pavement condition index.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released a report giving Wisconsin roads and bridges a D+. According to the report, Wisconsinites pay an average of $640 per year in car repairs because of bad roads.
  • The East-West corridor, which connects the Marquette and the Zoo interchanges, carries between 140,000 and 160,000 vehicles per day – 30,000 more than its 1950s-era design intended.
  • There are nearly 21,000 businesses and 310,000 jobs located within a 5-mile radius of the I-94 East-West project.
  • 5G will elevate the mobile network to not only interconnect people, but also interconnect and control machines, objects and devices.  It will deliver new levels of performance and efficiency that will empower new user experiences and connect new industries.  The United States led the adoption of 4G, and the country that leads the world in adoption of 5G will have a distinct technological, economic and national security advantage over other countries.
  • The FCC passed rules that speed up state and local review of small cells needed to deploy 5G.  Nonetheless, municipalities play a significant role in approving or disapproving small-cell siting applications.
  • Lake Michigan water is the only long-term, sustainable and environmentally friendly water supply source for the City of Waukesha service area.

Alliance continues to advocate for 94 East-West

Waukesha County’s economic vitality depends on modern, safe and efficient infrastructure networks. In support of this, the Alliance continues to be an advocate for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street. The Alliance is partnering with a broad coalition of stakeholders, requesting Governor Evers’ leadership in advancing the 94 E/W project and preparing […]

Alliance supports worker safety and energy security bill signed by Governor Evers

The Alliance has worked with a broad coalition to support Assembly Bill 426 (Worker Safety and Energy Security Act), which passed the Senate and the Assembly and was signed by Governor Evers on November 20, 2019.   In recent years, critical infrastructure worksites in the Midwest have seen millions of dollars of construction equipment set […]

Alliance continues advocating for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor

One of the Alliance’s policy priorities for 2019 is support for completion of the critical I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street.

Alliance supports regional cooperation and approval of Waukesha water pumping station

Economic and environmental problems are not limited by geographic boundaries and solutions often take regional cooperation and provide regional benefits. We are thankful for a long history of working closely with public officials in Waukesha County communities to find those solutions.

Transportation funding solutions

Earlier this year, Governor Evers signed Wisconsin’s biennium budget, which added $393 million additional dollars to the Department of Transportation.

2019-21 Wisconsin state budget passes

With 78 partial vetoes, Governor Evers officially passed the Wisconsin 2019-21 state budget on July 2. The $82-billion budget included important priorities for Alliance members, including investments in transportation funding and K-12 education, as well as the proposed cuts to income taxes. The approved budget included a moderate income tax decrease, property tax levy limits […]


Infrastructure Committee

Andy Kowske

Chair
HNTB Corporation

Stan Sugden

Vice Chair
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc

Jeff Bauer

Jacobs Engineering

Jennifer B. Zierer

We Energies

John Burgan

raSmith

Joshua Davenport

KPRG & Associates Inc.

Tom Dieckelman

Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA

Tom Fotsch

EmbedTek LLC

Don Gallo

Axley Brynelson, LLP

Troy Giles

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Mark Gorski

Judson & Associates S.C.

Mike Gryczka

National Exchange Bank & Trust

Pat Hawley

raSmith

Jeff Hoffman

Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke

Sean Leppert

Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc

Lori Lorenz

American Transmission Company

Susan Marshall

Backbone Institute, LLC

John McGinnis

ProHealth Care Foundation

Andrew Narr

Tri City National Bank

Mike Payant

Ayres Associates

Joe Pieper

Westbury Bank

Mike Pjevach

Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA

Bill Schilling

AECOM

Tom Schreibel

Michael Best

Pat Stevens

Axley Brynelson, LLP

Tim Stewart

DeWitt LLP

Fred Stier

Stier Construction, Inc.

Stan Sugden

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Todd Taves

Ehlers & Associates Inc

Tim Walker

GRAEF

Charlie Webb

Jacobs Engineering