Infrastructure & Environment

Waukesha County’s economic vitality depends on modern, safe and efficient infrastructure networks, from our transportation systems 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.

Areas of support

  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 the completion of the West Waukesha Bypass.
  4. Continue to evaluate cost-effective, efficient, flexible transportation options that connect people looking for work with jobs available in Waukesha County.
  5. 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 transportation infrastructure leads to more jobs, a strong economy and increased public safety.
  • 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.
  • Lake Michigan water is the only long-term, sustainable and environmentally friendly water supply source for the City of Waukesha service area.

Milwaukee Biz Blog: Will 2019 deliver ‘dark store’ solutions?

Jeff Hoffman is a principal at Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke and a public member of the Legislative Study committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices. He is also on the Alliance’s policy board, infrastructure committee and board of directors. This blog originally ran in BizTimes Milwaukee. Click here to read it on BizTimes.com. Milwaukee Biz Blog: […]

Transportation Funding

The Alliance’s Infrastructure Policy Committee will meet with DOT Secretary Craig Thompson on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to discussion transportation funding and priorities. Two of the Alliance’s 2019 policy priorities include advocating for statewide, sustainable, long-term transportation funding solutions and advocating for completion of the I-94 East-West corridor between 16th Street and 70th Street.

EPA Announces Low-Cost Loans for Waukesha Water Supply Project

The Alliance, in partnership with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, was proud to submit a letter of support for these loans for the City of Waukesha’s project to switch to Lake Michigan water. Click here to read the letter. Press release from the City of Waukesha: The Environmental Protection Agency has announced low-cost federal […]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Waukesha testing pipes and water quality in advance of switching to Lake Michigan supply

The City of Waukesha does not want to become like Flint, Michigan — known for lead poisoning caused by drinking tap water — after it switches to a new water supply.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin receives extra $91 million in federal road aid as officials struggle with plan

Wisconsin is getting nearly $91 million in extra road money through a federal program — far more than it typically receives — at a time when highway funding has become a top issue in Gov. Scott Walker’s re-election bid.

Public meeting set for final phase of West Waukesha Bypass

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a public involvement meeting to discuss the upcoming construction of the final phase of the West Waukesha Bypass project.


Infrastructure Committee

Joe Pieper

Chair
Westbury Bank

Andy Kowske

Vice Chair
HNTB Corporation

Jeff Bauer

Jacobs Engineering

Jennifer Bognar-Zierer

We Energies

John Burgan

raSmith

Garret Burleson

Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc.

Joshua Davenport

KPRG & Associates Inc.

Tom Dieckelman

Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA

Tom Fotsch

EmbedTek LLC

Don Gallo

Husch Blackwell 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

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

Mike Pjevach

Wisconsin Coach Lines / Coach USA

Bill Schilling

AECOM

Tom Schreibel

Michael Best

Tim Stewart

DeWitt Ross & Stevens

Fred Stier

Stier Construction, Inc.

Stan Sugden

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Todd Taves

Ehlers & Associates Inc

Charlie Webb

Jacobs Engineering