aldermen have unanimously called on the governor to veto a legislative
provision that would force the Badger State to widen I-94 and
other major area freeways from six to as many as 10 lanes. State
taxpayers could wind up paying the full cost of at least two and
possibly all four of the new freeway lanes.
All 17 aldermen
signed a letter asking Gov. Scott McCallum to veto the freeway
provision in the state budget repair bill. The letter calls the
Legislature "arrogant" for ignoring Milwaukee officials
and residents who oppose widening the freeway.
commission's study committee added a measure to the budget repair
bill that could force state road crews to widen I-94 in Milwaukee
and Waukesha counties to meet projected traffic demand for 25
years after the completion of construction. Rebuilding the freeways
reportedly could cost $6.25 billion.