The Paris Town Board Tuesday night tabled a resolution opposing the construction of a roundabout at the Highways 142 and 45 intersection after hearing a presentation on alternatives from Wisconsin Department of Transportation representatives.
The board also considered the resolution last month, but tabled it then to hear the presentation delivered Tuesday night.
Board members asked for some material from the DOT and the state officials offered to come back again, but a clear next step for the process was not disclosed.
WisDOT officials presented three alternatives:
- An improved four-way stop that would move the intersection to the west a little to accommodate wider traffic lanes, bike lanes and a sidewalk. The westward adjustment is necessary to not disrupt the cemetery just to the north of the intersection along Highway 45. The plan would eliminate the current accesses for the auto repair business on the northwest corner and require the removal of the tavern building on the southwest corner.
- The above four-way stop with added medians to help better control traffic. The median would still allow access to residences near the intersection. The two west side of the intersection businesses would still be effected.
- A roundabout, which would also effect the two west side businesses. This was the state’s preferred alternative method because it reduces possible contact points from 32 for a four-way stop to 8 for the roundabout.
“This road is going to be reconstructed,” said Janet Cannon, of WisDOT. “We have to bring it up to standards … The roundabout is our preferred alternative. From a safety perspective … right now maybe you don’t have an issue. But we also have to look into the future. … we may not be back for 30 years.”
After DOT officials made several references to future development Paris Plan Commission Chairman John Holloway asked if the town’s land use plan was consulted.
“If you read our land plan, there’s no development,” Holloway said.
Though the opposition resolution was tabled, Town Board members did not seem satisfied with any of the alternatives presented Tuesday.
“I understand you have job to do,” Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt said. “Neither of these plans to … is acceptable.”
About 18 people were in the audience. Wis DOT officials said work on the project — part of a reconstruction plan for Highway 45 from Highway 50 north to Highway 11 is not scheduled to begin until 2020.