County Executive Chris Abele said Wednesday night that he will not fight the state on freeway expansion because he does not want to offend the Walker administration.
Asked during a Story Hill Neighborhood Association meeting whether he would allow the health of a neighborhood to be endangered, Abele responded, “I oppose endangering a relationship with the state.”
Abele trotted out a sports metaphor, comparing the Walker administration to a baseball umpire. Public arguments with the ump don’t help the team, he said.
Abele at one point referred toWisDOT’s proposal for a double-deck freeway or “whatever.”
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is proposing an I-94 east west freeway expansion project that includes a double-deck freeway that will rise up to 40 to 45 feet in the air near Story Hill and neighboring cemeteries. The proposed project will cost up to $1.2 billion.
Ald. Michael Murphy and State Representatives Daniel Riemer and Evan Goyke, Milwaukee Democrats, reiterated their strong opposition to WisDOT’s double-deck proposals.