City of Delafield - City officials will consider whether to install the city's first downtown traffic light at the intersection of Main and Genesee streeets as a noise abatement device rather than a traffic control tool.
City Administrator Tom Hafner said both a Traffic Committee and the Public Works Committee will study the traffic flow and fiscal impacts of the proposal and possibly make a recommendation to the Common Council.
There are traffic lights on Highway 83 at Golf and Hillside roads and the interchanges with Interstate 94.
Hafner told the Common Council that the traffic light was an idea that evovled from a meeting of city officials and downtown residents regarding noise abatement. The downtown residents have been complaining about noise in the downtown business district.
Alderwoman Jackie Valde, who represents the downtown business and residential district, has warned the Common Council that the noise abatement issue "will not go away" partly because of the increase in the number of attractive residential dwellings being built in or near the downtown business district.
Hafner warned the installation, maintenance, and insurance costs of a traffic light can be substantial and it may not be needed as a traffic control device.
Hafner said the residents and city officials also explored eliminating the four way stop intersections at Milwaukee and Wells Street along Genesee Street.
Some residents have complained that the three four way stop intersections at Wells, Main and Milwaukee Streets slow traffic and result in downtown congestions that contributes to excessive nosie levels.