A policy group's
proposal to rebuild Milwaukee's Marquette Interchange includes charging
users a toll, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. The proposal
is sure to get more than a glance from Northeastern Wisconsin lawmakers.
The $1.5 billion
price tag to refurbish the junction of I-43 and I-94 in Milwaukee
reportedly could bleed most of the available money from the state's
road construction budget for several years.
Policy Research Institute proposes forming a public-private partnership
to design, build and operate the new interchange, according to the
newspaper. By tolling users to pay for the construction bonds, the
burden would be taken off the taxpayers.
The group suggests
a toll of $2 per car and $10 per truck during peak driving times;
and $1.40 and $7 during non-peak driving times and weekends.
At risk under
most traditional plans is money for several highway projects in
the region, the Press-Gazette reports. If the Marquette Interchange
project is funded through regular means, most officials doubt there
will be much money left for the rest of the state.
The part of
the institute's plan that may be attractive to some lawmakers is
the estimated $17 million to $21 million reportedly generated by