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Public hearings announced for U.S. 41 Conversion Project

September 3, 2013

Meetings to be held in Outagamie, Fond du Lac and Milwaukee counties

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast and Southeast regions have scheduled a series of Public Hearings to discuss the conversion of US 41 from a US Highway to an Interstate.

The proposed I-41 will begin at the US 41 interchange on I-94, just south of the Wisconsin border and will end on the north side of Green Bay at I-43. As part of Interstate conversion, the segment of US 41 between I-94 near Miller Park (Stadium interchange) and US 45, known locally as Lisbon Avenue and Appleton Avenue, will be designated WIS 175, and US 41 will be rerouted to become concurrent with the proposed I-41. (See attached map.)

"This is an exciting project; one that will encourage economic growth, increase safety and create an identity for the corridor from Milwaukee to Green Bay," stated Will Dorsey, WisDOT’s NE Region director. "We know that when it comes to expanding or locating a business, proximity to an Interstate is a top priority."

Public hearing information

The Public Hearings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, September 10
    Fox Valley Technical College
    1825 North Bluemound Drive, Appleton
    Room A161 A & B
    Use North parking lot, entrance #15
  • Wednesday, September 11
    UW-Fond du Lac
    400 University Drive, Fond du Lac
    Room LGI 113/114
  • Thursday, September 12
    Milwaukee Area Technical College – Oak Creek Campus
    6665 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek
    Lecture Hall Room A241
    Park in Student lot C, use Entrance #13, lecture hall is immediately inside the entrance

The current project schedule calls for WisDOT to begin installing Interstate signs along the route in summer 2014. There will be no construction-related projects, aside from installing Interstate signs, associated with the conversion.

Interested persons may attend anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to review displays and other hearing materials, ask questions, and provide oral and/or written testimony. WisDOT project staff will be available to explain the features of the proposed Interstate conversion and answer questions. Converting US 41 to an Interstate Highway would not require the acquisition of any new right-of-way or include capacity expansion of the highway.

Information on how to present oral and written testimony will be provided at the public hearing. Written testimony can be submitted by fax, mail, or email after the hearing and will be included in the hearing transcript if postmarked/received no later than Thursday, September 26, 2013. 

Written comments can be sent to:

Tammy Rabe, PE
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Northeast Region Office
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI  54304
tammy.rabe@dot.wi.gov

Environmental Report Available

The Environmental Report (ER) that discusses the need for the proposed improvements, alternatives considered and environmental effects will also be available at the Public Hearing. The ER has been prepared and filed according to the State and National Environmental Policy Acts. The ER is also available at the project website, which also lists repositories throughout the corridor where the public can view the ER.

Meeting Accessibility

The Public Hearing facilities are wheelchair accessible. People who are deaf or hard of hearing and need an interpreter should call or email the WisDOT project manager listed below. To allow for arranging assistance, please call at least three working days prior to the public hearing.

If you need assistance, are unable to attend the meetings, or would like more information, contact Project Manager Tammy Rabe, WisDOT NE Region at (920) 492-5661 or tammy.rabe@dot.wi.gov.

Additional information about the project can be found at: www.41conversion.wi.gov.

For more information, contact:
Communications Manager Kim Rudat, WisDOT NE Region
(920) 492-5743, kim.rudat@dot.wi.gov

 

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