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Long-delayed reconstruction of I-94 south of Milwaukee is to begin in earnest in 2019, spurred by plans for the Foxconn manufacturing complex in Racine County.
Reconstruction of I-94 south of Milwaukee, a long-delayed project that has gained urgency as plans for the Foxconn manufacturing complex in Racine County move ahead, is to begin in earnest in 2019.
The highway will be widened from six lanes to eight from College Ave. south to Highway 142 in Kenosha County. Interchanges will be rebuilt, as will frontage roads between Highway 20 and Highway KR, the stretch of interstate closest to the planned Foxconn campus.
The state-approved incentive package for Foxconn includes up to $252 million to help complete the rebuilding of I-94 from the Mitchell Interchange in Milwaukee south to the Illinois state line. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also will seek about $300 million in federal money for the project, Brett Wallace, director of the department’s southeast region, said this week.
A small section of I-94 in Milwaukee County and the stretch south of Highway 142 already have been widened to eight lanes. The remaining work, spurred by Foxconn’s announced plans to build a $10 billion factory that could employ 13,000 people, is now on the table.
First up, Wallace said, will be the $17 million to $20 million reconstruction of seven miles of frontage roads between Highway 20 and Highway KR in Racine County. Work on the west frontage road is to begin in March and be completed in July. Rebuilding of the east frontage road will follow, and be finished in November 2018.
By then, the DOT expects to begin preparatory work on the shoulders and median of I-94 from Highway 20 south to Highway 142. Reconstruction and widening of the northbound lanes is to start in 2019, with work on the southbound lanes starting the following year.
Rebuilding of the entire seven-mile leg — a
priority because of its proximity to Foxconn — is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 1, 2021. The job will include reconstruction of the interchanges at Highway 11, Highway KR and Highway
E. Estimated cost: $175 million to $200 million.
Work on the 12 miles of interstate from Highway 20 north to College Ave. also is to be completed during 2019 and
2020, at an estimated cost of $275 million to $325 million. The job will include reconstruction of the interchanges at Highway K, Seven Mile Road, S. 27th St. and Ryan Road.