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Road closure discourages shortcut route to New Berlin City Center

Sept. 13, 2012

The New Berlin Common Council this week approved closing Wilbur Drive at a key point near City Center in an effort to dissuade drivers from using a residential neighborhood as a shortcut route.

Aldermen hope the move will reduce the amount of traffic cutting through the neighborhood to and from Sunny Slope Road east of the the mixed-use commercial complex while not completely eliminating the center's access for neighbors.

The proposal, in which Wilbur would be cut off on Cottonwood Drive, was a compromise from an earlier suggestion that Wilbur be cut off completely from the center's access at 147th Street. It was approved Tuesday.

The Board of Public Works will now make a recommendation on the design and cost of blocking the road. Board chairman Alderman Dave Ament said he will strive for a design that would enable pedestrians and bicyclists to get through the blockage.

Board members will meet Monday to start that process.

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