Interstate 94 construction work in Racine County begins

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The good news is that, if you want an up-to-the-minute construction update on the Interstate 94 North-South Freeway project, you can by clicking on the Wisconsin DOT project page

The bad news is that you should probably add it to your favorites because you are going to need it for some years.

You can’t really blame the arrival of Foxconn on the war zone on I-94. The planned expansions and upgrades were on the books for years before the Foxconn campus in Mount Pleasant was envisioned. But the sheer scope of the Foxconn project has necessitated the I-94 enhancements be adapted and updated.

Read more about the Foxconn project.

We seem to be sticking to the old expression in Wisconsin that we have only two seasons: Winter and highway construction. And it’s no longer winter.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is currently in the middle of a project to remake the I-94 North-South 35-mile corridor in our corner of the state. The project stretches the distance of the highway from the Illinois state line to the Mitchell Airport Interchange. And while it feels like work on this segment has been underway for years, new construction will increase significantly in the months ahead

WisDOT will not just expand the highway, adding a lane in each direction. It also plans to ease congestion and add new safety features. Ramps and exits will be relocated and new “aesthetic treatments,” which is WisDOT-speak for walls that will be erected where appropriate.

The north segment runs 7.5 miles from College Avenue in Milwaukee County to the Highway G ramp. That construction will get underway in September and is set to wrap up in December 2020.

The central segment, 4.5 miles long, runs from just south of 5 Mile Road to Highway C. That construction will begin in June and conclude in November 2019.

The Highway 20 Crossroad reconstruction will take place between June and November in 2019.

And the south segment, between Highway 20 and Highway 142, approximately 6.5 miles, will also begin this June and not end until November 2019.

One of the biggest changes for Racine County will be the transformation of Highway 11 from the I-94 interchange east to County Highway H. Just a couple of generations ago, the road served farmers and others with business in western Racine County. In a few years, it will become a six-lane highway that, when it crosses the soon-to-be-developed Foxconn Valley Way, one of the new roads that will carry truck traffic to the construction, then factory, site.


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