Scott Walker's Department of Transportation seems to have as much use for demographics as did the Romney campaign.
Where Mequon projects little expansion and less driving, WisDOT sees added lanes, bigger medians, broader shoulders and round-about construction along a five-mile stretch of Mequon Rd. (Highway 167), the small Ozaukee County community north of Milwaukee is told.
Details, here, where officials like Mequon Mayor Curt Gielow sums it up:
"When (traffic volume) has been flat for the last 26 years, why would it take off?" Gielow said. "We are a non-growing, aging community, and yet you suggest we need to accommodate for much more traffic. It doesn't compute to me...."
Several aldermen pointed out that the [DOT] study fails to take into account Mequon's demographics, which point to a reduction in traffic over time as residents age and decreased kindergarten enrollment results in fewer young people on the road.