Proposed adjustments of East-West Freeway generate differing views at Wisconsin DOT open home | WUWM 89.7 FM

The Wisconsin Division of Transportation is reopening the thorny difficulty of what to do with the East-West I-94 Freeway by holding two open homes this week.

The division is within the strategy of writing a supplemental environmental impression assertion for the potential rebuilding of the freeway between roughly sixteenth St. and seventieth St.

Most important choices embody protecting it a six-lane street, three lanes in every course, with varied security enhancements, or becoming in a fourth lane every manner.

Chuck Quirmbach

This poster on the DOT open home compares two of the primary choices the DOT says it is contemplating.

The DOT shouldn’t be taking public feedback at this week’s classes, simply explaining varied drawings and choices.

On Wednesday night at Wisconsin State Truthful Park, folks shared their ideas with WUWM.

Mike Simons stated he is glad he would not should drive the stretch when it is congested.

“They should take care of it. Traditionally, I have been against increasing freeways. I do not assume we must always stand in the best way of this one. Get it accomplished, however get it accomplished pretty,” Simons stated.

Nonetheless, Simons would not like one DOT choice that he stated would enhance site visitors in his Washington Heights neighborhood, relying on how the north-south Freeway 175 is altered within the Stadium Interchange.

A lady who gave her identify as Lucy stated she has the closest home to I-94. She stated quite than add lanes, she want to see closing of some exit and entrance ramps.

“That is what stops site visitors. Folks getting on and off as you are heading west or heading east, on the excessive site visitors quantity,” Lucy stated.


Chuck Quirmbach

Members of the general public attend the DOT open home Wednesday night at State Truthful Park.

Kathleen Hassing, of Wauwatosa, stated throughout a time of local weather change, the DOT shouldn’t increase the freeway.

“Mainly encouraging automobile transportation, using fossil fuels appears absurd to me,” Hassing stated.

Tom Miller of Milwaukee stated if the freeway is expanded or stored the identical measurement with security enhancements, site visitors crashes will not go down until, as Miller contends, there’s higher policing of reckless driving.

“They will do all of the engineering they need. But when the sheriff’s division would not start to patrol, it will be for nothing,” Miller stated.

The DOT stated it might launch a most popular various for the East-West Freeway subsequent spring and maintain a public listening to subsequent summer season.

One other open home is about for Thursday afternoon on the DNR workplaces underneath the Marquette Interchange.

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