No Crossing Sign for Bambi on Milky Way Road

Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings fight for a deer crossing sign on Milky Way Road shot down by Common Council.

Should Waukesha put a deer crossing sign on Milky Way Road?

The discussion Thursday night’s Common Council meeting took a surprising controversial turn as the majority of the council felt the sign was unnecessary.

Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings was one of the few advocating for a deer crossing sign, stating that Milky Way Road is dangerous with limited areas for drivers to pull over for deer. Because the road has ditches on both sides, there are no shoulders for drivers to swerve to miss a deer.

“If you have ever hit a deer with a car, which I have, it is a serious nature,” Cummings said.

Alderman Roger Patton agreed, adding a graphic description of a deer dying on a passenger seat of a car.

“They jump and end up on the hood,” Patton said.

Milky Way Road isn’t the only street in the community that has ditches on both sides, said Public Works Director Fred Abadi.

“It is not for deer to cross,” said Abadi, which drew a chuckle from the council. “It is for motorist to be aware.”

There hasn’t been a deer vs. car accident on Milky Way Road since 2009 and the speed limit is 35 mph, Alderman Andy Reiland told the council.

“State studies shows they were not affective in limiting the number of accidents with deer,” Reiland said.

The deer crossing sign was ultimately denied by the Common Council.

Lisa Thomas February 23, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Agreed Mr, Lundt. I mean really...
Mr Lundt February 23, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Whats next for debate A "Slow Children playing " sign in a retirement community?
Me February 23, 2013 at 05:26 PM
That doesn't make sense, even in an ironic or sarcastic way. No wonder your credability is always called into question when you comment. The request for the sign was not meant to be silly, it was requested for safety reasons. We do have them all over Wisconsin. Maybe if you would get off the computer and get out more often, you would notice them. Are they effective? Probably not. Is it silly to be concerned about public safety? Probably not. Maybe you and Mr. Abadi should get together and form a comedy team act. Then again, probably not.
Mr Lundt February 23, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Oh free We could put up all kinds of useless signs. Signs that are proven to have no impact for accidents that have not happened for YEARS. The issue is that people are wasting time on this nonsense when there are actual issues to deal with. So while you and the board worry about unicorn crossings the adults will look at actual issues that face people.
Me February 24, 2013 at 02:44 AM
I do believe I said the signs are probably not effective. Oh! Sure! There it is! Right around the fourth and fifth sentence of my post! So I guess I won't be worrying about 'unicorns'. Whew! I do worry about hitting deer. Hitting them is a reality that drivers deal with every time they drive. Which, I do believe, makes it an actual issue that adults deal with. It's why insurance companies, the DOT, and other safety commissions have put so much effort into increasing driver awareness on this issue. It happens a lot, sometimes with human fatality. No 'nonsense' there. So, I don't see this as 'a waste of time'. After all, no one asked for a 'Slow Children Playing' sign in a retirement community... Concern was raised about public safety, it was discussed, and dealt with. What I find to be 'nonsense', is the disrespectful attempt at comedy by Mr. Abadi, and your 'adult' response to public safety.


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