Transportation rebels fight DOT road-building empire

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By Peggy Schulz

At public hearings on December 3 and 4, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will receive comments regarding its proposed options for rebuilding a roughly 3.5-mile stretch of I-94 between 16th and 70th Streets.

The hearings are scheduled for:

Wednesday, December 3, from 3 to 7 p.m., at State Fair Park, in the Tommy Thompson Youth Center (Gate #5), 640 S. 84th St. You can get there on the 84th St. branch of the #67 bus, the 44 Freeway Flyer route, or the 44UBUS.

Thursday, December 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave. (enter from Michigan St. parking lot). Bus routes 10, 30 and 35 all will get you to 35th and Wisconsin. See the Milwaukee County Transit System website for more information on routes and schedules.

Over the course of its East-West Corridor studies, and in preparation for the issuance of its draft environmental impact statement, the DOT considered – and eliminated – a “no-build” alternative, that would have involved maintenance and minor improvements to the existing roadway; a “replace-in-kind” choice that would have totally re-done the stretch as-is; and a “transportation demand management” option, which, ideally, would have reduced the number of auto trips by increasing transit ridership and applying other strategies.

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