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.
Wow, deus ex machina to the max. Pleasantly surprised not to be disappointed — Connelly’s recent ones have not been so very great — until the very end. And then. Crash. Maybe he will explain it one day.
Plot line: Harry Bosch works to solve a murder that occurred in the LA riots 20 years ago. Meanwhile, his new boss is out to get him.
The district attorney’s office is suffering staff cuts and losing experienced prosecutors, putting at risk initiatives designed to keep the community safer, says District Attorney John Chisholm. “I’m running out of options,” he admits.
The office is already down a half-dozen full-time lawyers since January and could lose ten more that are now supported by federal grant funding that may no longer be available, Chisholm says. He hopes to convince the state to pick up this funding, but Gov. Scott Walker sent an August letter to state department heads saying he expected most agencies to submit “zero growth” budgets.
There is also the obvious question: why would Walker help Chisholm, who has been running a John Doe investigation of Walker’s staff? Cuts in Chisholm’s operations might make it more difficult to fully staff that investigation. Answers the DA: “Every governor has a responsibility to provide adequate resources to parties protecting public safety.”
From my digs at Urban Milwaukee.