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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