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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is holding a public hearing Wednesday night, April 30th to discuss the design and environmental aspects of proposed improvements on Interstate Highway 43.

Those changes would affect a 14-mile stretch of interstate from Milwaukee County into Ozaukee County.

There will be two opportunities to attend the public hearing for this study.  Both opportunities will present the same information.  Please attend the one that accommodates your schedule.

The first public hearing date and location will be Wednesday, April 30th at Nicolet High School in Glendale. The public hearing will be conducted from 5-8 p.m. Interested persons may attend anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to review displays and other hearing materials, ask questions, and provide testimony.

The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end when all interested persons have provided testimony or 8:00 p.m., whichever occurs first.

The second public hearing date and location will be Thursday, May 1st at Christ Church, 13460 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon. The public hearing will be conducted from 4-7 p.m.

mapThe Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting the I-43 North-South Freeway Corridor Study to develop solutions for addressing deteriorated pavement, design deficiencies, safety concerns, growing travel demand and other existing and emerging problems in the corridor.

The proposed action would reconstruct I-43 between Silver Spring Drive in the city of Glendale (south limit), and WIS 60 in the village of Grafton (north limit) – a distance of about 14 miles. The scope of the proposed action includes rebuilding the mainline roadway, bridges, and interchanges; replacing the existing partial interchange at County Line Road with a full-access interchange, or removing the interchange; constructing a new interchange at Highland Road; reconstructing local streets affected by the freeway reconstruction; and enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the reconstructed freeway.

Seven interchanges exist in the corridor: Silver Spring Drive, Good Hope Road, Brown Deer Road (WIS 100), County Line Road, Mequon Road (WIS 57/167), Pioneer Road (County C) and WIS 60.

These improvements will require 12 residential and 3 business relocations.  In addition, approximately 30 acres of new right of way, 27 acres of wetland, 5 acres of floodplain and 10 acres of farmland will be impacted.

The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing to learn more about the proposed improvements and provide input. Project maps and other information will be on display and WisDOT staff will be available to explain the proposed improvements and answer questions.

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For additional information about the proposed improvements, interested persons may contact the WisDOT project manager, Steve Hoff, P.E., Phone: 262-548-6718 or send an e-mail to: doti43northsouth@dot.wi.gov.

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3 comments

  • Ted

    There’s no need for I-43 expansion. Repair? Yes. But expansion? There’s very little traffic delay on I-43, given the size of the metro area.

    But those Road Construction guys got their man in Madison. That’s why we’re talking about a new Highway 60 after redoing round abouts on old 60.

    What a waste of money. But hey, there’s someone selling SNAP on Craigslist! Look over there!

  • james

    ya right I 43 needs to be 3 lanes all the way to greenbay same with 41 just like 151 should be a I-151 . making them 3 lanes now while its cheaper to do is better then waiting 15 yrs to late . I-43 to greenbay is faster then I-41 .

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