Proximity to historical home shouldn’t change WisDOT roundabout plans at Highways K & 45

This WisDOT map shows the location of the historical property that prompted a new public information meeting on the Highways 45-K roundabout project Tuesday at the Kenosha County Center.

This WisDOT map shows the location of the historical property that prompted a new public information meeting on the Highways 45-K roundabout project Tuesday at the Kenosha County Center.

A historical home located in Bristol near the Highways 45 and K intersection has not changed the state’s plans and projected location for a roundabout there.

Alternatives such as shifting the roundabout to the east slightly were not as good since that more heavily impacted agricultural land and wetlands, said Jaymin Patel of Bollinger, Lach & Associates, the project engineer, said at a public information meeting regarding the project Tuesday at the Kenosha County Center. Therefore, the state is moving forward with the already identified location for the roundabout.

The intersection was identified as a candidate for a roundabout due to its high incidence of severe crashes. State officials say the roundabout should decrease the number and severity of crashes at the intersection, which is along the Bristol-Paris border.

The intersection used to have stop signs just on Highway K. Earlier this year, stop signs were also installed on Highway 45 in reaction to local concerns about the safety of the intersection. But the four-way stop does not meet safety standards and it is just a temporary measure until the roundabout project can be completed, Patel said. Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin construction in 2017.

That’s not soon enough for Ben and Sue Patty, who live in the historical home in the 6000 block of Highway 45 that prompted the extra hearing.

“We like it,” Ben Patty said of the roundabout proposal.

“We just wish it could come sooner,” Sue Patty added.

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