raSmith provided design services for the City of Brookfield and WisDOT for a two-mile section of Calhoun Road from CTH M (North Avenue) to WIS 190 (Capitol Drive) in the City of Brookfield in Waukesha County. Calhoun Road is a rural two-lane roadway with six-foot to 8-foot-wide gravel shoulders and ditches for roadway drainage. This roadway reconstruction project is one of the largest and most complex Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Local Program projects in the state. raSmith utilized three different urban roadway cross sections to reduce impacts to wetland, floodplains, and residential properties. The roadway will be expanded to a four-lane urban roadway with bicycle accommodations and sidewalk.
An extensive public involvement plan was used, including five public involvement meetings and a project webpage to keep residents informed on the project’s design and schedule. The design team coordinated the relocation of numerous utilities and utilized a unique file-sharing system to keep each utility up to date on design modifications as well as the designs of other utilities. Additionally, the Calhoun Road design required significant agency coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as the project bisects and impacts a large wetland complex. Finally, raSmith prepared an 85-parcel, right-of-way plat and worked closely with the City during the real estate acquisition process. The project is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in spring 2022.