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Tourism official rips decision to drop interstate expansion

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MADISON — A tourism official is ripping the state Department of Transportation’s decision to scrap expansion plans for the interstate between Madison and Wisconsin Dells.

The DOT last week ended studies on expanding Interstate 39/90/94 after spending $3.5 million. Agency officials said they’re focusing on maintaining existing roads in the face of dwindling revenue.

Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions President Tom Diehl said in a news release Friday that the interstate between Portage and Wisconsin Dells is one of the most congested in the state on weekends. He says ending the expansion studies is wasteful and will hurt Wisconsin Dells tourism.

DOT spokeswoman Patricia Mayers said the study data is still useful. She says ending them now will save $5 million, money that will go into studies on reconstructing Wisconsin River bridges.


  • JokeEnthusiast

    Maintaining our infrastructure is more important than making it slightly easier for people to go to the Dells.

  • PH

    Agree, with him. Trying driving that stretch on Sundays, all backed up. Plus the interstate is clogged with trucks on most other days.


    If that stretch is so bad then get off of the freeway. HWY 16 works well. Or, time your travel times different. No need to rebuild a freeway to accommodate occasional tourism traffic back ups.

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