These pics are from a the WisDOT presentation Tuesday night at Marquette University High School. They show the contrasts between existing views from Story Hill and how those views would change if a double-deck, cantilevered freeway is built, as WisDOT is considering. (Although, really, would a semi look that small?) Think additional fumes, noise, lights, etc.
There is another meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening (July 31) for those who want to see the full gallery of pictures and to give an opinion or two. That meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pettit Ice Center Hall of Fame Room, 500 S. 84th St.
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.