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Plans for I-94 repairs in Racine County advancing

January 17, 2014

Needed maintenance work completed this week

County maintenance crews completed patching work on I-94 in Racine County. The work was in response to deteriorating conditions to the roadway surface. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) contracts with the County to provide routine maintenance and special projects such as the patching work. Racine County, WisDOT and the State Patrol completed the work using rolling closures between the Kenosha and Milwaukee County lines. Both northbound and southbound lanes were included in the work.

There is a project scheduled for this year that will resurface the roadway to provide a better surface for motorists until the roadway is reconstructed as a part of the I-94 North/South project. It is expected that the resurfacing project will be underway in spring. WisDOT had requested bids for similar work during 2013. The bids that the department received were outside of the available funds to accomplish the project. Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig said, "The winter conditions have left I-94 in an unacceptable condition here in Racine County. I appreciate that the DOT recognized the need and will take responsibility to maintain the I-94 corridor through Racine County." Ladwig continued, "We have been assured the repaving will begin in the spring, and I look forward to working with them on the project to provide our citizens with the high quality roads they expect."

The portion of I-94 in Racine County has experienced similar issues in past years. WisDOT and Racine County will continue to monitor roadway conditions and take necessary steps to ensure conditions to not deteriorate further prior to the resurfacing project taking place this year. The County work crews have done tremendous work under challenging conditions. The winter conditions have been difficult this year with the need for plowing and salting operations added to the needed maintenance work creating long working hours for the crews.

For further information on the resurfacing or reconstruction projects planned for Racine County, contact Michael Pyritz, WisDOT regional communications manager at (262) 521-5373 or michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov.

For more information, contact:
Michael Pyritz, SE Region Communications
(262) 521-5373, michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov

 

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