West Allis brightens up Six Points neighborhood

Project adds lighting in two varieties

April 28, 2009

The West Allis Common Council has approved adding $605,000 to a project that calls for more streetlights and traffic signals in the Six Points neighborhood.

The city already budgeted for $2 million in overhead lighting and stoplight equipment from 62nd Street to the railroad on National Avenue and 62nd Street to roughly 70th Street on Greenfield Avenue.

The additional money will extend the lighting to 60th Street on both avenues in an attempt to make the neighborhood friendlier to pedestrians.

Some of the additional $605,000 will come out of tax-incremental financing district No. 7, which includes the Summit Place development. City officials are also investigating grant funding opportunities to help cover the costs.

The Common Council unanimously accepted the bid of Graybar Electric Co. for the project even though it was not the lowest. The other bids, however, fell short of the city's standards and would have increased the price of maintenance, Development Director John Stibal said.

Alderman Michael Czaplewski, who district includes Six Points, said he was concerned about the high cost of the project but that the lighting was needed in the neighborhood.

City officials believe increased lighting and traffic signals will improve safety in the neighborhood, which also is home to the Farmer's Market.

Though construction on the project is expected to start soon, lighting near 60th Street likely will not go up until the state finishes reconstructing that street, Stibal said.

The 60th Street road construction project is not scheduled to start until 2010 and will take at least two years to complete.

In addition to the lighting, plans call for four new traffic signals to be installed on Greenfield and National avenues in the Six Points neighborhood.

Mark Schaaf can be reached at (262) 446-6605.

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