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I-94 East-West Corridor - Environmental information

Recommendation

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has identified a preferred alternative for I-94 in Milwaukee County from 70th Street to 16th Street.

Following a review of potential impacts and comments received as a result of the public hearings held on December 3 and 4, 2014 and the publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the at-grade alternative through the cemetery area and the on-alignment alternative on the east end of the corridor have been identified as the preferred alternative. The alternative selected provides the community with the best balance when all critical factors are evaluated together. We are recommending an approach which addresses the problems of crumbling infrastructure, congestion, and integration with the local street network. The at-grade and on-alignment alternatives are the least expensive to construct and have lower potential for community and cultural resources impacts.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for the I-94 East-West Corridor study. Environmental documentation is required by national and Wisconsin environmental policy acts for projects with potentially significant social, economic, natural resource and other impacts. WisDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are the lead agencies for the EIS, which will be prepared in accordance with FHWA guidelines.

The Draft EIS documents the need for proposed improvements, the alternatives considered to address the identified needs, and then present and discuss the impacts resulting from the reasonable range of alternatives being considered. A discussion of potential mitigation concepts and a summary of the coordination conducted with the public, interested stakeholders, and review agencies is included in the Coordination Plan (CP).

The following two documents are very large and may take several minutes to download:

Understand WisDOT's structured approach to analyzing impacts of the proposed transportation project and its alternatives by viewing the Impact Analysis Methodology (IAM).

The Draft EIS does not identify a preferred alternative. Following the public hearing and the public comment period, WisDOT and FHWA will identify a preferred alternative for presentation in the Final EIS after carefully reviewing input received at the public hearing and during the public comment period for the Draft EIS.

Comments

A Notice of Availability for the I-94 East-West Corridor Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on November 14, 2014. Comments on the Draft EIS are due by January 27, 2015 and should be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) at the address listed below:

Jason Lynch, P.E., Project Supervisor
WisDOT, Southeast Region
141 N.W. Barstow Street
Waukesha, WI 53187
jason.lynch@dot.wi.gov

Public hearings on the I-94 East West Corridor Draft EIS were conducted on December 3, 2014 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Tommy Thompson Youth Center, Gate #5 (640 S. 84th Street, Milwaukee) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and December 4, 2014 at Marquette University High School (3401 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

View the legal notice for the public hearing. The Draft EIS is also available at the Martin Luther King Library, 310 W Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53212.

SSI - Project contacts Questions about the content of this page:
WisDOT Southeast Region Office, ser.dtsd@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: February 16, 2015

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