Waukesha County’s 2021 – 2025 Capital Plan invests in essential infrastructure that is vital to long-term economic development, safety, and quality of life for residents. The Capital Plan includes funding for all major projects to be proposed in the County budget over the next five years, such as road, facility, and parks projects. The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors will begin reviewing the Plan soon and is anticipated to vote on it during their Tuesday, October 27 board meeting.
“Waukesha County’s five-year Capital Projects plan is key in ensuring our ability to improve safety and quality of life for residents while keeping taxes low,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Careful planning for the years ahead is especially important in the middle of an unprecedented year like 2020. Our team works meticulously to help us anticipate and address needs for years to come.”
The Waukesha County Courthouse Project will occur in two-phases to expand and modernize the facilities. Phase one, which consists of the construction of a new court tower with eight court rooms, is scheduled for completion in June 2021. The new secure building will improve security, address aging and out-of-date facility systems, and streamline operations, as detailed in the 2021 – 2025 Capital Plan. Completion of the secure courtroom will allow renovation of the existing courthouse to begin in 2022.
The Plan maintains the County Trunk Highway (CTH) infrastructure to promote public safety, support growing businesses and enhance economic development efforts. Many of these projects support economic development by improving two priority corridors: Moorland Road (CTH O) and North Avenue (CTH M). These roadways are key to important existing and future commercial and resident development. The County’s Repaving Program will also support improvements to the transportation network.
A new project will reconstruct the Pewaukee Lake Boat Launch to address deterioration of the lake’s biggest public boat launch. This project will leverage grant funds to cover half of the project costs. The plan also includes the construction of a 3.5-mile multi-use trail from the City of Pewaukee to the City of Brookfield in 2021, also leveraging grant funds to cover most of the project costs.
About the Waukesha County Budget
The first year of the 2021 - 2025 Waukesha County Capital Plan will be included as part of the full Waukesha County Budget. Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will introduce the full 2021 Budget to the County Board in late September, with final passage expected in November. The full Waukesha County Capital Projects Plan is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/capitalplan.