State updates plans to rebuild I-94
MILWAUKEE - The state needs to rebuild I-94 west of downtown Milwaukee between 25th Street and 70th Street. It doesn't plan to put shovels in the ground for years. But it's working now to develop the plan, which will result in changes to the community that surrounds the freeway.
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This week the state is out talking to people about updated plans for the project. There was a meeting at State Fair Park last night and there's another meeting tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. at Marquette University High School, near the corner of North 35th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue.
One thing that's been removed from the planning, a proposal that would have removed access to the freeway from 35th Street, Hawley Road, and 68th and 70th streets. "Nobody was supportive of that idea," said the DOT's Michael Pyritz.
The state has cut the highway into four segments and has several options for each.
The most difficult segment will be the area just west of Miller Park where the freeway is sandwiched between cemeteries. "We are under instructions to look at building exactly in the same footprint that we currently see so that we do not impact any graves at all," Pyrtiz said.
That doesn't leave much room to work with. The state does have a plan to squeeze four lanes through there on the ground. It's also considering just rebuilding the three lanes that are currently there. The most controversial plan, double decking the freeway there, is also still an option.
Just west of downtown, there are a couple of plans that including shifting lanes to the south or even splitting the lanes there.
No matter what, some homes and businesses will be impacted by the project.