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Ask NOW: Why are there barriers at Brookfield Road and North Avenue?

A car pulls up near barricades at the northeast corner of Brookfield Road and North Avenue. These barricades are meant to protect traffic in light of an inconveniently placed telephone pole.

A car pulls up near barricades at the northeast corner of Brookfield Road and North Avenue. These barricades are meant to protect traffic in light of an inconveniently placed telephone pole.

Nov. 19, 2013

Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Rory Linnane answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and helps solve everyday problems.

Barriers are an effect of delayed plans for a roundabout

Question: A reader asks, "Brookfield has always been somewhat of a stickler for the appearance of properties in the city. What is the story on the unattractive barricades at the northeast corner of Brookfield Road and North Avenue?"

Answer: City of Brookfield Engineer Jeff Chase said the story of the barriers goes back to Waukesha County's plans to build a roundabout at that intersection earlier this year. In studying the traffic patterns there, the county had determined the intersection needed improvements and would benefit from a roundabout. In preparation for construction, the city had to relocate utilities, including a power pole, which was moved to the northeast corner of Brookfield Road and North Avenue, where the barriers now sit.

The county delayed the project after bids came in higher than expected, Chase said. Construction is now planned for this spring, but until then, the power pole will sit in an inconvenient location.

"...Once the project was canceled, that became a long-term hazard," Chase said. Because of how close it is to the corner, the barriers are needed to prevent drivers from running into the pole.

Email Rory Linnane with your question at rlinnane@jrn.com.

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