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I-94 (US 12-WIS 65) Corridor Study - Frequently asked questions (FAQ), Basics
- What improvements are planned?
- Why is reconstruction of I-94 needed?
- What is the anticipated study schedule?
- When will I-94 be reconstructed?
- What happens during the study?
- How can I participate?
What improvements are planned?
This project includes expansion of I-94 between US 12 and WIS 65 in St. Croix County. The project is approximately seven miles in length and is located in the townships of Hudson, Warren, and Kinnickinnic and the village of Roberts.
Improvements will include reconstruction of the pavement while expanding I-94 with three travel lanes in each direction. Improvements will also include replacement of the bridges over Kinney Road, 100th Street, and 130th Street. New right of way will be required to accommodate the improvements.
This major project has been approved for study by the Transportation Projects Commission (TPC).
Why is expansion of I-94 needed?
I-94 is a high-priority corridor through northwestern Wisconsin and facilitates inter-regional and inter-state travel. I-94 was originally constructed in 1958 and improvements are needed to maintain safe and efficient operations. I-94 reconstruction will:
- Replace deteriorating pavement
- Replace deteriorating and narrow bridges over Kinney Rd., 100th Street, and 130th Street
- Correct outdated geometric features to modern freeway standards
- Maintain safe and efficient freeway operations
What is the anticipated study schedule?
- Field investigations/data collection – Summer/fall 2012
- Preliminary alternative development – Fall 2012
- Public Information Meetings – Winter 2012 and summer 2013
- Alternative refinement – Winter/spring 2013
- Value engineering – Spring 2013
- Risk assessment – Summer 2013
- Environmental document – Fall 2013
- Study complete – Summer 2014
- Potential review by TPC – Fall 2014
When will I-94 be expanded?
Once this study is completed in 2014, WisDOT will report its findings to the TPC. The TPC may then recommend that the legislature enumerates the project for construction.
If enumerated by the legislature, construction could begin as early as 2018.
What happens during the study?
In order to obtain approval for construction, an environmental document must be completed. The environmental study will include consideration of natural resources, socioeconomic factors, existing and proposed land uses, right of way impacts, noise, cost, traffic, and other issues.
Aspects of the project will be coordinated with local and regional agencies, environmental agencies, property owners, and other stakeholders throughout the environmental study.
How can I participate?
Agency and public meetings will offer opportunities to provide early input on the study needs and issues. A series of meetings will be planned with the local and regional agencies, utilities, property owners, and other stakeholders throughout the project.
- Submit comments at PIMs and/or other public meetings
- Send project comments via email to project staff
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Last modified: August 26, 2013
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