Waukesha Bypass


The West Waukesha Bypass project consists of the planning and preliminary design for the entire Bypass corridor located south and west of the City of Waukesha. The project extends from STH 59 in the Town of Waukesha to IH 94 on the west side of the City of Waukesha, a distance of approximately 6 miles.

During the study phase of the project, a range of 2-lane and 4-lane roadway alternatives were evaluated along with an extensive Public Involvement Process, Agency Coordination, preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement, sensitive environmental, wetland, and endangered species impact evaluation and mitigation.

The Environmental Impact Study for the Bypass was a multi-faceted collection of very complex and controversial issues. Environmental impacts at the south end of the corridor led the team to execute an in-depth groundwater monitoring program to address resource agencies concerns. Impacts to threatened and endangered species, parks, and historic properties have also been effectively addressed. The study team developed and successfully implemented a robust public involvement program, including a community advisory committee, several public involvement meetings, and numerous small group meetings and presentations to the Town of Waukesha Board, City of Waukesha Council and Waukesha County Board.  

Following a successful resolution of environmental impact issues and completion of the study phase of the project, Waukesha County and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has finalized and approved the preliminary engineering effort. Tasks included in-depth ground survey, soil boring and geotechnical investigations, preparation of an encroachment report, pavement design report, traffic management plan, traffic summary report, and design study report. It also included evaluation of the storm water and drainage for this corridor, public involvement, utility coordination, preparing three right-of-way plats, preparing structure survey reports, and developing preliminary 60% roadway plans for the proposed bypass corridor. 

Kapur staff was responsible for all facets of roadway design including survey, conceptual roadway layout, alternative analysis, hazardous materials investigation, row platting, GIS integration of data, public involvement exhibits preparation and assistance at meetings and utility and railroad coordination. We developed existing and proposed typical sections for a 4-lane divided urban and rural transitional roadway with on-street and off-street bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Plan alignments and profiles were created for the proposed design speed for numerous alternatives for each of the three potential corridors investigated.