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DOT Nixes Bike Path On Hoan Bridge

State says bike path would 'impair ability to provide safe, efficient travel.'

The state Department of Transportation said Friday that it will not move forward with a bike path on the Hoan Bridge.

"The Hoan Bridge is a vital part of the Milwaukee-area freeway system," DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb said. "However, the alternatives presented in the feasibility study would impair our ability to provide safe, efficient travel and deliver less value than other possible department investments in economic development in Milwaukee."

The Hoan Bridge, a major route for Oak Creek residents who commute downtown, is being re-decked in 2013. Advocates of a bike path, including state Sen. Chris Larson and , felt it would be the perfect time to open up access to the Hoan for pedestrians and bicyclists. (update: see the comments for more on Jursik's views) Larson recently submitted a petition with signatures from 5,000 people supporting a bike path.

Critics noted the cost that it would add to the re-decking project and opposed eliminating a northbound lane of traffic, which was one of the more popular and cheapest options for a bike path to come to fruition.

Margaret Coonan December 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Finally some good sense on this issue.
Michael December 16, 2011 at 11:55 PM
It's time for all of our State Senators and Representatives to focus on JOBS. A bike path?!?!? Really Chris Larson. Don't you have more pressing issues to focus on? You were elected to serve your District not just the liberal Bay View segment. Get to work and pass the Mining bill for Northern Wisconsin and do something that will benefit the progress of our State.
patricia.jursik December 19, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Mark: I have never advocated for closing a traffic lane on the Hoan for bikes. While I do think a bike lane would be great, never at the cost of losing a traffic lane. I have been very consistent in this position and would appreciate such a clarification. Pat Jursik
Mark Schaaf December 19, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Yep. As I wrote, you have supported bike accommodations on the Hoan. Never said anything about advocating for closing a traffic lane. But I did add a sentence pointing people to your comment.

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