Preview: The voices of Stanley Street
*Editor’s Note: This is a sneak peek of a new special section devoted to Stanley St., which will be published the morning of Sunday, March 25.
By Brandi Makuski
The history of Stanley St. goes back more than a century.
The street was a local roadway, according to the Wis. Dept. of Transportation, until becoming part of the state highway system in 1921, but it was removed when the Highway 10 expansion project fell through in 2009.
Some on the city council have proposed a “road diet” for Stanley St., which would reduce driveable lanes from four to three; a single lane in each direction with center turn lane, and possible bicycle lanes on each side.
The debate has been strong on both sides of the issue over several public listening sessions held in the past two years, some official city meetings, some not.
Mayor Mike Wiza on March 13 said nothing has been decided on the proposal, adding a final public listening session would be held sometime at the end of March. The proposal is expected to return for discussion, and possible action, at city committees in April.
The most recent public listening session on the proposal took place in December 2017, which included about two dozen speakers from the public. The following are some of those speakers…