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Nov 7, 201701:51 PMTransportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Is it possible even Foxconn isn't enough to finally get North-South Corridor finished?

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If my Jimmy the Greek bookmaking proves to be accurate and the feds come through and save the day that will be a huge relief when it comes to Foxconn. But if we don’t have enough state resources to finish I-94 North-South until 2032, when are we going to be able to finish the North Leg of the Zoo, or the 3.5 mile stretch of I-94 in front of Miller Park known as the I-94 East-West Corridor, or …?

Back in December 2016, Governor Walker’s previous WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb was asked that question. Meaning, based on the level of funding in the budget the governor was proposing, what would be the schedule to complete the rebuild the North-South and five other Southeast Wisconsin interstate projects? His answer: 70 years.

Now that a state budget has, in fact, been passed and there is a new leadership team at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, we should probably get an update to that projection. My gut tells me that a budget that reduced state highway funding by $250 million probably didn’t significantly improve the situation.

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Nov 7, 2017 04:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

You can add to that list any number of roads near epic which of course is growing in leaps and bounds and accounted directly or indirectly for a large portion of the job growth under Walker - needed repairs to M and PD have been discussed for years. The more interesting aspect of this is that development doesn't necessarily pay for itself especially when it is funded by various tax incentives further depleting the resources not only needed for roads but schools and other critical services. (Fox conn was passed in a budget that cut special funding for rural schools and emergency medical services)

Nov 8, 2017 09:29 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

My guess is that improving the I-39 Corridor will add more growth overall than improving the North-South Corridor. Answer one question, if you are a manufacturer in PA or Ohio (or points east of Chicago) and are shipping to anywhere in Wisconsin (other than MKE), Minneapolis, or points west, will your goods shipped by truck go through Milwaukee or Janesville? The answer is 100% of the goods shipped under my scenario go through Janesville. This is the real bottleneck in our state's transportation needs.

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 Debby Jackson assumed the role of executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin after more than 15 years with the organization. In addition to her vast experience in association management and transportation advocacy, Jackson has a background in business. She leverages the breadth and depth of her professional experience, along with her knowledge of the membership and mission of TDA, to be a strong voice for robust transportation infrastructure in Wisconsin. Jackson started her career as a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, which led to a series of accounting and corporate management positions with a major national retailer.

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