Monday, May 20, 2013
Continued discussion of alternatives will lead to a recommendation on modifications to I-94 corridor by this fall.
Open house-style meetings Tuesday and Wednesday will offer more information on planning for rebuilding Interstate 94 from 70th Street just south of Wauwatosa to 26th Street in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will host the meetings from: The meetings will provide updated studies of alternatives that are being considered, according to the DOT, including three-dimensional renderings. For the first time, information will be given on impacts to real estate and the environment. "No final decisions have been made regarding changes in the corridor," says a DOT release. "A recommended alternative has not yet been identified." The current timeline for the project calls for planning and design through 2018, with construction to …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Any delay in finishing the project will cost not just the area, not just the region, but the whole state in economic development and other benefits, say key legislator and commercial interests.
State Rep. Dale Kooyenga lives in north Brookfield, well away from the direct impact of reconstruction work on the Zoo Interchange. But he knows that doesn't mean he won't feel it — or that he doesn't see the need for it. "My world is from the west boundary of Madison to an east boundary of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee," he said in an interview. "In its present condition, I avoid the Zoo Interchange when I can. To go to Milwaukee, I take Capitol Drive over to Fond du Lac and shoot downtown." Kooyenga's 14th District seat straddles the Brookfield-Wauwatosa line and much of the project area. But beyond his personal interest, Kooyenga also knows that the Zoo Interchange is the critical hub of transportation and therefore commerce for …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Initial meetings in August created an uproar when it was suggested that the 70th/68th Streets interchange might be removed in a rebuild of the freeway.
A second set of public meetings will be held this week on preliminary planning for reconstructing a stretch of Interstate 94, part of which serves Wauwatosa thoroughfares and business districts. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is continuing an environmental and engineering analysis of 2.85 miles of I-94 between North 70th and North 25th street. It includes one "system interchange" – U.S. Hwy. 41/Miller Parkway – and six service interchanges – 70th Street/68th Street, Hawley Road, Mitchell Boulevard, 35th Street, 26th Street/St. Paul Avenue, and West Wisconsin Avenue/Wells Street. A first set of meetings in August brought an outcry from Wauwatosa and other area business owners, as well as residents, when it was suggested by the …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Popular dining destination would be seriously affected by loss of convenient freeway access at 68th, 70th streets, a possibility as DOT looks ahead at 2019 project.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
When Dan Sidner bought an old two-story grocery store at West Fairview Avenue and North 68th Street, he was thinking ... location, location, location. It seemed an unlikely one to some — a long-in-the-tooth structure in a tiny block of small local businesses, across the street from a car wash — but there it stood, almost at the very foot of the 68th-70th streets exit from Interstate 94. If he built it, Sidner thought, they could come — and they did. Maxie's Southern Comfort quickly became one of the most popular casual restaurants in metro Milwaukee. Sidner's worry now is that if the Wisconsin Department of Transportation decides to do away with that freeway exit, as it says it might, his business will suffer, perhaps drastically. Looking …