Zoo Interchange closures begin Thursday

CREATED Oct. 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Drivers who use the Zoo Interchange will need to find alternatives as the next phase of reconstruction gets underway. 

Ramp closures, lasting an entire year, were supposed to begin Wednesday night, but some light rain has delayed that by one day.  So starting Thursday night, again weather permitting, westbound I-94 traffic will no longer be able to exit onto northbound Highway 100 for at least one year.

The ramp closures are upsetting to drivers who frequent the area.
 
"I don't know how I'm gonna get off 'cause I work right off Highway 100 here," said Jennifer Pedek.
 
Carlos Escalara from Waukesha is used to exiting I-94 at Highway 100 to get coffee each morning.
 
"This is the only Starbucks that's open at 4:30 in the morning, so for me, it's very easy because I start my shift from 5 to 1:30," said Escalara.
 
Those taking Highway 100 and wanting to get onto the freeway will also be affected, but those closures will not begin until late in November.
 
Mike Burns with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is recommending some alternatives like Greenfield if you're looking to go east.
 
"There's additional capacity on Greenfield Avenue, extra lanes, extra length in turn lanes, as well as increased capacity," said Burns.
 
Despite the additional traffic on alternative routes like Greenfield, Wisconsin Avenue and Bluemound, Burns does not anticipate big back-ups on them.