Wisconsin bill could require 10 lanes for I-94

| 7/11/2002

A provision in the Wisconsin state budget repair bill could force state road crews to widen I-94 from six to 10 lanes through Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, according to a published report. State taxpayers could wind up paying the full cost of at least two and possibly all four of the new freeway lanes.

A planning commission's study committee added a measure to the budget repair bill that would require the state Transportation Department to widen I-94 in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties and most other major freeways to eight lanes to meet projected traffic demand for 25 years after completion of the construction. Rebuilding the freeways reportedly could cost $6.25 billion.