Is Post Office Traffic a Mess?
Since the Menomonee Falls Post Office was relocated into one facility, many Falls residents have been frustrated by the heavy traffic along a busy street.
Dropping off the mail at the post office is a pretty standard operation. However, it seems that chore is a bit of an adventure in Menomonee Falls.
Since the two Falls post office locations merged into one facility at N85W16110 Appleton Ave., dropping of the mail has been a bit more challenging for residents.
“I am shocked that there hasn't been an accident yet ... especially before Christmas. I don't think the drop-off mailboxes should be anywhere near the entrance/exit. Talk about plugging up traffic,” wrote Maryanne Zawlocki on Patch’s Facebook page post seeking feedback on the driving arrangement.
Zawlocki wasn’t alone in her frustration at the Post Office. Some have called the stop sign at the Post Office exit “the worst left turn in the village.”
“Old-timers will recall this is the original post office location when the village was considerably smaller, and it shows. Not sure why they decided to return to that location, but it was ill advised. It’s too small, a cramped parking lot and bad street location,” said Maripat Blankenheim.
Despite more than 30 critiques of the current traffic arrangement at the Post Office, the village has yet to receive an official complaint from residents.
“Engineering and Public Works have not received any complaints and Community Development has received one complaint from a neighboring business regarding a sign placed on Fleet Avenue north of Appleton Ave.,” said Director of Engineering Tom Hoffman. “It is my understanding that the sign was moved and the complaint resolved.”
The Menomonee Falls Police Department also hasn’t been taxed by the heavy traffic at the Post Office.
“It is a congested area, especially just prior to the holiday season, but we have not seen any significant increase of crashes or complaints,” said MFPD Capt. Mark Waters.
Despite the lack of noise regarding the Post Office in the corridors of Village Hall, it remains a sore spot for many Patch readers.
“In my opinion, they made a bad decision with very little foresight or planning. The traffic flow in and out of that parking lot, the small stretch of driveway used for the drop boxes, the need to merge into one lane near their building, and the rush hour,” said Tara Nooyen. “These are all things which should have been taken into consideration. I hope that nobody is seriously injured in an accident trying to get out of there.”
So what do you think? Does traffic flow need to be improved at the Post Office, and in what way? Share you thoughts with Patch, or lodge your concerns with your elected officials.