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THE BARRETT BYPASS

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First a flashback to June 28, 2005. Mayor Tom Barrett wrote legislative leaders:

 

Dear Senators Schultz and Robson:

I'm writing in opposition to funding preliminary engineering of the Zoo Interchange.

Despite its name, there is nothing preliminary about "preliminary engineering" when the cost is #38 million. It may not include final construction and shop drawings, but it is, in every sense of the word, engineering....

Spending taxpayers' money on this project before we have a consensus on where we're headed with the freeway system is foolish. ...The result is a climate in which any freeway project in Milwaukee County will be unnecessarily contentious, resulting in wasted dollars and delays.

Let's get agreement on our transpiration priorities, before throwing #38 million at the highway engineers without a plan for what a successful interchange and freeway system would look like. Unlike the Marquette Interchange, the Zoo Interchange will stand long enough for us to resolve the issues.

Sincerely,

Tom Barrett, Mayor

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That didn't take long. The Walker campaign is up a new "Barrett Bypass" billboard and website.

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