Aug 4, 201510:06 AMTransportation Matters
with Debby Jackson
Here’s to no unwanted headlines at the 97th PGA Championship
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Next week, the eyes of the world are going to be on Sheboygan and its magnificent Whistling Straits golf course, as the last golf major of the year — the 2015 PGA championship — begins on August 13. This will be the third PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which previously hosted the event in 2004 and 2010 (both won in playoffs), as well as the United States Senior Open in 2007.
The story lines for this year’s PGA Championship are many: Will 21-year-old Jordan Spieth win his third major of the year? Will hometown favorite Steve Stricker make a run? Will Tiger Woods finally get off the schneid?
As more than six million people are expected to tune in on TV — with an additional 200,000 watching the action live at Whistling Straits — let’s hope all of the story lines remain on the bent grass.
The headline we don’t need to see is yet another about a traffic accident along Highway 23, which serves as the main thoroughfare to Whistling Straits from the west.
These headlines have become all too familiar this year:
- 2 dead following Highway 23 crash (January 22)
- Names released in Highway 23 crash (May 15)
- Ripon woman killed in crash (June 25)
- Semi vs. car head-on crash on Hwy. 23 (July 15)
- Another Accident on Highway 23 (July 24)
This dangerous stretch of roadway has become a hot topic for the communities around Sheboygan, Plymouth, and Fond du Lac. Earlier this year, Eastern District of Wisconsin Judge Lynn Adelman halted construction on this road that was set to begin within days of his decision. The 19-mile stretch of Highway 23 is scheduled to be widened by adding another lane in each direction. One of the main reasons for doing this is to improve safety.
The ruling puts this project on hold and asks the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to go back and show how they arrived at their traffic projections and population projections in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). “Because the decision to expand Highway 23 to four lanes was based on violations of NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) that have significantly affected informed decision-making and informed public participation, I find it is appropriate to vacate the record of decision and to remand the matter to the agencies for further consideration,” Adelman stated in his decision.