» I-94 widen­ing:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - RICK ROMELL

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.

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