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This intersection is controlled with light signals and therefore walk signals should be present.
Alderman Moreno agrees with you regarding the hazards of the Milwaukee/Wood/Wolcott intersection.
Consequently, he is working with the Dept. of Transportation to have upgraded signals and crossings installed at this intersection.
He is hopeful that these new signals and crosswalks will be installed sometime next year.
Legislation for the sake of the city environment is a separate matter from infrastructure improvements. Each alderman is given limited funds annually to make such improvements.
The improvements necessary for that intersection would have a great financial cost that if not covered by the city through other funds, would come from the alderman's funds. But then that means a dozen or so less streets and alleys will not be resurfaced.
"I can walk and chew gum at the same time."- Alderman Moreno
Here we are over a year later and this has not been resolved. This is a major danger. Someone is going to get injured or killed. I just had an out of town visitor who commented that they unintentionally ran the light.
This should be prioritized above resurfacing alleys.
Well Moreno finally has released in his weekly newsletter that work was supposed to start on this intersection starting Monday the 23rd. I have yet to see anything but this is not of any real consequence.
Moreno was quick to emphasize all of the "advocating, cajoling and pleading" that he did while failing to mention this incident that I started here *3 years* ago. Again, nothing too surprising, right?
Interestingly he also mentioned that he allocated 25k, WP-BuckTown allocated 27K and the rest is coming from the state. I wonder how much the state allocation ended up being because the holdup for years now has been blamed now on state money.
I have no doubt that the new intersection will be wonderful but lets not loose sight of the fact that the only thing that was truly needed here was new signals - something that I would think could be done for much less and could have been done far earlier.
Regardless, I'm glad to see this project starting.
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