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EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT FOR NEW PARK AND RIDE APPROVED
On Monday, January 21, the Pleasant Prairie Village Board approved the execution of an agreement with the State of Wisconsin to construct a new park and ride. The agreement resulted from a cooperative effort between Kenosha County (County), the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (State), and the Village of Pleasant Prairie (Village). The new park and ride will be located at Terwall Terrace inside Prairie Springs Park, adjacent to State Highway 165.
Kenosha County had received Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding from State to construct a park and ride lot in the county. The original proposed location at I-94 and State Highway 50 was determined to be unacceptable because of environmental and other constraints. The Village then entered discussions with the County and State regarding the possibility of locating a park and ride adjacent to RecPlex in Prairie Springs Park. The lot would be constructed on vacant land southeast of RecPlex on the east side of Terwall Terrace. The County and State agreed that the location was a good alternative, due to its proximity to State Highway 165 and I-94. “We have numerous commuters already using the park for this purpose,” explained Village President John P. Steinbrink.
The new park and ride will be the first in Kenosha County. It will be built to accommodate approximately 200 vehicles and to support future bus and/or potential Amtrak traffic. The concept of commuter supporting retail has also been discussed as a future possibility at the site. This could include a sandwich or food vendor, bank branch, dry cleaner or other service provider.
The County and the Village agreed that Pleasant Prairie will be the sponsor for the project. Once the agreement is executed by the State, project design will begin. “I’d really like to thank County Executive Jim Kreuser and the State Department of Transportation for allowing Pleasant Prairie to take on the project,” added Steinbrink. “Through some cooperative efforts, we’ll be able to move forward on a project that will help support a much needed amenity in the community.” The project will be funded through the State and Pleasant Prairie’s TIF District #2.