WisDOT today posted the notice for next week’s public meetings scheduled to provide information about the I-94 East-West unfunded, no-transit freeway expansion plan.
Less than a week before two scheduled public meetings to present its preferred options for a $1.2 billion, transit-free East-West I-94 expansion project, WisDOT does not have the meetings posted on the public involvement section of the project website.
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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is expected to pursue an I-94 east-west freeway expansion project that would cost up to $1.2 billion and include six additional lanes of concrete in many places; double-decking through west side cemeteries; additional elevated, overlapping lanes east and west of the double-decked section; and absolutely no transit.
Story Hill residents were briefed on the issue this week by State Sen. Tim Carpenter, Ald. Michael Murphy, and State Rep. Daniel Riemer. WisDOT will hold public meetings on its expansion proposals May 21 and 22.
The double-deck proposal will raise freeway lanes 40 to 45 feet in the air through cemeteries just west of Miller Park. Estimated project costs are $950 million to $1.2 billion, the elected officials said; proposals for less expensive projects that would replace the freeway in its current configuration or include spot improvements are not favored by WisDOT. WisDOT also is proposing to move a freeway portion near the Stadium Interchange about 125 feet south.
WisDOT’s expansion options will come on the heels of a federal judge’s ruling that the Zoo Interchange reconstruction plans probably discriminates against minorities because they do not include transit improvements. Ald. Robert Bauman said WisDOT should immediately suspend the I-94 environmental review process and cancel next week’s public meetings so that the impact of JudgeLynn Adelman’s decision can be fully assessed.
Gov. Scott Walker is seeking delays in some of the Zoo Interchange work because of a lack of available funding.