Graffiti-covered tunnel concerns parents in Waukesha

CREATED Aug 7, 2014

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WAUKESHA -- With the school year quickly approaching, many students have been plotting out a route to school. But that's been problematic for some parents in Waukesha.

Concerned parent Alan Vos said a graffiti-covered tunnel under Highway 164 -- used by kids on their way to school -- looks worse than ever.

"It’s filthy, it's dirty and it’s dark,” Vos said. “It’s basically a crime scene waiting to happen. The only time it's been painted is when the graffiti artists cover up a section so they can put more graffiti."

Two months ago he said he wrote Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings and the City of Waukesha asking for help. He said he is disappointed he never got a reply.

"I don't remember anything recently,” Cummings said. “I have had calls in the past."

She said she didn’t know it was this bad. Now that she knows, she said she is going to do something about it.

"Well, I just got your call at 10 till 8 this morning. It is 9:30. So I’ve already placed a call to the Waukesha County Public Works Department," Cummings said.

As of 11:40 a.m., Cummings said the City of Waukesha’s Public Works crew has started work on the tunnel. She said they’ll continue painting over the graffiti Thursday afternoon.