More evidence of Wisconsin's penchant to over-build and waste money on road projects: Believe it or not, there is still a push to build a bypass around little Hortonville, with a population of about 2,700.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
[Another great job by Sean Ryan of The Daily Reporter, by the way.]
Though we can say that Hortonville, the picturesque Fox Valley community, is twice as big as Pound, WI - - population 1,367 - - which is getting its bypass, too.
That Highway 41 project is former Assembly Speaker John Gard's legacy.
But this bypass binge is really a prescription for wrecking small town main streets.
Everyone gets a taxpayer-paid bypass these days: Mineral Point...Burlington...in fact, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a study about a decade ago that by 2010, the number of bypassed communities in Wisconsin would more than double from 17 in 1980 t0 37.
And though the study played up the economic benefits to bypassing, it also said that the risk of the opposite - - economic harm - - was strongest in the smaller communities bypassed, with traffic counts on the original, bypassed routes down by as much as 72%.
Think about it, Hortonville.