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New Road Will Reshape Drive to Lakefront

New details of the plans show a cul-de-sac will be implemented on Ryan Road and two homes near Ryan Road and Fifth Avenue will be removed.

Planning continues on a new road that will connect Highway 100 with Fifth Avenue and reshape the way drivers get to the Oak Creek lakefront.

Plans for the road were first announced last year, but new details emerged earlier this month. Among them: a cul-de-sac will be implemented on Ryan Road just west of the railroad tracks, and two homes near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Ryan Road will be removed.

The homeowners were agreeable to relocation and negotiations to acquire the homes are ongoing, City Engineer Mike Simmons said.

Because the new road requires a railroad crossing, the cul-de-sac had to be constructed to eliminate the crossing on Ryan Road, Simmons said. The Union Pacific Railroad typically does not allow the addition of more railroad crossings, so the city chose to close one in order to get a new one built.

The cul-de-sac will change how Oak Creek residents get to Bender Park and the lakefront redevelopment area east of Fifth Avenue. Most residents who would have used Ryan Road will likely use the new road, which will be just south of Ryan.

Construction on the new road is expected to begin in 2014.

The road will cross over vacant land in the 9600 block of S. Chicago Road. It's designed to make it easier for cars coming from the freeway, which could get to the lakefront in one shot as opposed to making a left turn on Highway 32 and then a right turn onto Ryan.

It's also seen as a key part of Oak Creek's lakefront redevelopment plans, allowing better access to an area not known for being easy to get to.

Kevin Worm February 15, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Finally, do you know why there is congestion on 32 North to Hwy 100 West? It's the quickest and most direct way to I-94 for WE Energies employees. Turning Old Ryan Road into a dead end and extending HWY 100 to S. 5th Street has nothing to do with traffic from the south. Also, this extension isn't focused on traffic from the south.
Mike in OC February 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM
It fits into the future lakefront development plans... this one actually makes sense IMHO.... be thankful they aren't adding a roundabout...
Mark Schaaf February 16, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Uh oh. You might not like what I'm about to say... They're discussing putting a roundabout at what will be the intersection of the new road and Fifth Avenue. Which, as roundabouts go, I actually think would make more sense than a lot of others (see: College Avenue). But still a roundabout and I know a lot of people wouldn't be happy about it.
Aaron Johnson February 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM
I have some concerns about this plan in regards to bicycle and foot traffic. Currently, Old Ryan Road is the main access point and entrance for Bender Park by cyclists, walkers, and runners - many coming to Bender Park from the Oak Leaf Trail. If I'm understanding the proposed plans correctly, old Ryan road is being closed/capped by a cul-de-sac, thus sending all bicycle and foot traffic out and down onto the very busy Chicago/Hwy 32. Can an option to keep a small bike path running through the current Old Ryan Road be considered? Seems to me that the proposed plan is cutting off access to Bender Park for the many bicyclists, walkers, and runners that currently travel there via the quiet and safe Old Ryan Road. Sending this recreational traffic onto Hwy 32, then to a busy traffic intersection, then to a round a bout - seems counter productive and more dangerous.
Kevin Worm February 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I don't really think as many people walk/jog/bike in Bender Park as you estimate. I'd say probably less than a dozen per day. I'm sure they're will be a 10ft wide recreational path on either side of the new road extension.

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