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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:41

Port board tackles question of whether to require walkways where there aren’t any when roads are rebuilt

 As the Port Washington Board of Public Works began the process of designing street projects for the next two years, an age-old discussion of whether to add sidewalks where they currently don’t exist began again.
    At issue are streets in the north bluff area of the city, such as Crestview Drive, that are slated to be reconstructed next year.
    Board member Eric Ryer said sidewalks are something that should be considered, noting that the street on Port Washington’s north bluff is near Upper Lake Park that doesn’t have sidewalks.
    “The Hales Trail area, I say every year — it would be nice (to have sidewalks),” he said.
    Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said the road will be designed to accommodate sidewalks, but he noted that none of the neighboring streets have sidewalks.
    “Crestview is not going to be attached to any other sidewalks,” he said, referring to Crestview Drive.
    The board on Tuesday recommended the city hire Gremmer and Associates to design the projects.
    Public information meetings on each year’s projects will be held — this year’s is likely to be held in November or December, Vanden Noven said — and the comments received will be considered by the board in recommending the configuration of the roads, including sidewalks.
    “I’m sure the subject will come up (during the public information meeting),” he said.
    But the final decision, Vanden Noven said, will lie with the Common Council.
    “They might decide to go the route of Harrison Street, where they said there will be sidewalks but not immediately,” he said.
    No matter what, he stressed, the streets will be designed to accommodate the installation of sidewalks.
    Vanden Noven noted that he has spoken to two residents in the Crestview Drive area, and they are split on the issue.
    The city is expected to reconstruct 5,700 feet of streets next year, resurface another 900 feet and replace 3,700 feet of water mains.
    The 2018 projects include the reconstruction of Crestivew Drive from Noridge Trail to Briarwood, as well as Noridge Trail from Crestview south. Whitefish Road will also be rebuilt from Lakeview to Hales Trail, Hales Trail from Whitefish to Pierron and between Pierron and Kaiser, and Lakeview Avenue from Douglas to Whitefish Road.
    Noridge Trail will be resurfaced from Crestview to Sunrise, as will Brentwood Court.
    In 2019, the projects include the reconstruction of Lakeview from Prospect to Douglas, Cleveland Street from Wisconsin to Lakeview, Douglas from Wisconsin Street to the cul de sac, Whitefish Road from Wisconsin to Lakeview, Lakeview from Whitefish to Pierron and Pierron from Wisconsin to Hales Trail.
    Cleveland Street from Lakeview east would also be resurfaced.

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