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Roundabout moves forward at Brookfield, North

Barriers at the northeast corner of North Avenue and Brookfield Road will guard a utility pole until a roundabout is constructed.

Barriers at the northeast corner of North Avenue and Brookfield Road will guard a utility pole until a roundabout is constructed. Photo By Staff photo by Rory Linnane

April 16, 2014

Setting back in motion the delayed plans for a roundabout at Brookfield Road and North Avenue, the Common Council agreed Tuesday night to pay for the relocation of sewer and water lines to prepare for construction later this year, under an agreement with Waukesha County.

The cost of the relocation is estimated at about $28,000, while the county will cover the construction.

The agreement was approved by all but one alderman, Scott Berg.

"The roundabout is the wrong answer for that corner," Berg said. "That the project is a year late should give you an idea of the headaches that will arise out of that."

The county had planned to build a roundabout at the intersection last year after studying traffic patterns and finding the intersection needed improvements. To prepare for the roundabout, last year the city relocated utilities, moving a power pole to the northeast corner.

When bids came in higher than expected, city engineer Jeff Chase said the county delayed the project. Orange and white barriers have guarded the power pole ever since, which Chase said is stuck in an inconvenient location until the roundabout goes in.

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