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The debate continues between the City of Brookfield and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DoT) in regard to who is responsible for maintenance of grass and weeds along W. Capitol Drive.
In late June, an anonymous citizen contacted Brookfield Now as well as municipal officials with a complaint about weeds growing along W. Capitol Drive between Brady Road and Pilgrim Road that were high enough to present traffic and safety hazards.
Government officials are aware of the issue, but are unsure as to whose responsibility it is to keep the visual obstruction in check.
The Department of Transportation (DoT) contracts with counties to maintain state highways. However, there are times when specific municipalities will agree to maintain a state highway within their own jurisdiction. Whether or not the City of Brookfield made such an agreement regarding the area in question remains to be seen.
"Capitol Drive is a state highway. However, sometimes municipalities will feel that the level of service the state provides is not to the same level that they provide on their city streets," Waukesha County Director of Public Works Allison Bussler said. "At this point, we're still figuring out who is supposed to be maintaining that area."
A major complication for the area has been the DoT's introduction of a new policy for mowing in urban areas.
"The state used to only let us mow once per year, but we strongly expressed our concern with that and got them to change it in urban areas so that now we can mow more often," Bussler said. "The good news is that it can be taken care of, but we're just learning of it and perhaps somebody thought Brookfield would take care of it. We're going to sort it out."