WisDOT, surprised by existence of 16th Street and Marquette Interchange, extends I-94 project by 23%
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Wednesday quietly announced it was moving the eastern boundary of the I-94 east-west reconstruction and expansion project from 25th St. to 16th St., extending the project by more than 20%.
WisDOT’s extension increases the project length from 2.85 miles to 3.5 miles, a jump of of .65 miles, or 23%. Cost figures were not included in the announcement, which was made in the Federal Register.
All of its I-94 reconstruction public outreach, including a total of eight public meetings, dealt with a project that ended at 25th St.
As WisDOT put it in the register, the I-94 project extension ”is in response to additional work necessary east of 25th Street to accommodate alternatives that would tie back into I-94 near 16th Street and better match the recently reconstructed Marquette Interchange.”
WisDOT did not explain why those two things were not considered since the start of the I-94 planning. (WisDOT should not have forgotten about the Marquette, as it recently was busy for several months trying to fix the unendurable traffic jams it created when it reconstructed theinterchange to improve traffic flow.)
WisDOT also offered this assurance in the register: “Public involvement is a critical component of the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA) project development process and will continue to occur throughout the development of the EIS.”
As of this morning, there is no mention on WisDOT’s project website — where it posts its public involvement materials — of the expanded project boundaries.