'An exciting future': City of Milwaukee partners with NACTO to improve road safety

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee city leaders are celebrating a new opportunity to make our streets safer for our pedestrians and visitors alike.

On Friday, Jan. 20, they announced that we have officially joined the National Association of City Transportation Officials or the NACTO.

An organization that works to improve city infrastructure and transportation.

Their mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe and accessible transportation choices for everyone.

Last summer, Milwaukee adopted NATCO's design guidance as the official standard for street design.

Now, they are focusing on Brady Street -- looking at ways to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This includes making roadways more accessible and less car-dominant and providing more foot traffic for local businesses.

"Brady Street is a huge focus of that area because of the challenges we've had and some of the recent tragedies," said 3rd District Ald. Jonathan Brostoff. "We're looking for more pedestrian-friendly and other walkability for all ages and abilities in the city."

"Oh I love that idea," said pedestrian Mark Flower. "Even though I live in the neighborhood, and it'd be a small inconvenience for me, but this street would be awesome then and would probably improve the fun."

By partnering with NACTO, Department of Public Works staff and others in city government will attend trainings and workshops on how to best redesign the street safely.

Other cities that have also partnered with NACTO are Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit.

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