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Community, transportation officials break ground on I-39/90 project

June 13, 2013

Highway 11 interchange is initial work for Interstate expansion

Community representatives were joined by state and local officials today to break ground on the Highway 11 interchange reconstruction in Janesville, the first construction work related to the Interstate 39/90 expansion project.

"This Interstate corridor is an essential gateway for residents, commerce and visitors to Wisconsin," said WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "Reconstructing and expanding I-39/90 for commerce and tourism will be a significant benefit to Wisconsin and its residents. Credit must go to Governor Scott Walker, the state Legislature and Wisconsin’s Transportation Projects Commission for supporting this major reconstruction project. We look forward to its completion in 2021."

The Highway 11 (Racine Street) interchange improvement project is the first construction work related to the expansion of I-39/90 from the Illinois state line north to the US 12/18 interchange near Madison. From 2006 to 2010, there were 101 crashes at the Highway 11 interchange, including two fatalities. Improving safety and mobility at this location was critical prior to the start of Interstate mainline work scheduled for 2015.

The overall I-39/90 reconstruction project will expand 45 miles of Interstate in Dane and Rock counties. Work includes:

  • Reconstructing and expanding I-39/90 from four to six lanes;
  • Expanding the Interstate to eight lanes for 6.5 miles from WIS 11 (Avalon Road) north to the WIS 26 interchange; and
  • Reconfiguring 11 interchanges to meet design standards.

For 2013, construction will be focused on the Highway 11 (Racine Street) interchange, temporarily widening the Interstate shoulders from the Illinois state line to the Woodman Road overpass and installing additional traffic monitoring cameras and message boards along I-39/90.

"The Highway 11 work represents the start of this major expansion project," said John Vesperman, WisDOT I-39/90 project chief. "Crews are ready to reconstruct the interchange over the next five months. These early projects, along with improvements to the alternate routes, will help with traffic congestion during the Interstate expansion."

Construction on I-39/90 is scheduled to begin in 2015 and will be completed in 2021.

"Although construction work is underway, we continue to develop and fine tune the designs for the corridor," Vesperman said. "Meetings with stakeholders and the public are ongoing to present design alternatives and gather feedback."

Visit the project web site for more information about the Interstate expansion project. Project updates can also be found on the project’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact:
Steven Theisen, WisDOT I-39/90 communications specialist
(608) 246-3818,



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