I-94 East-West Corridor Study, Milwaukee - Milwaukee County

This project has been put on hold until further notice.

Record of Decision (September 2016)

The Record of Decision (ROD) was approved and signed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on September 9, 2016. The ROD identifies the Selected Alternative, presents the basis for the decision, and provides information on mitigation measures that will be taken. It is the final environmental approval needed before proceeding to final design and construction. Modifications to the project’s design as well as new and updated project information are included in the Record of Decision.

These documents are very large and may take several minutes to download:

View Record of Decision

Updated demographics

Travel forecasting methodology

View summer 2016 newsletter

Notice of Final Environmental Impact Statement
I-94 East-West Corridor, 70th Street to 16th Street, Milwaukee County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the I-94 East-West Corridor located in Milwaukee County. The Final EIS describes the preferred alternative and reasons for its identification. It also reports the results of the December 4 and 5, 2014, public hearing and public and agency comments on the Draft EIS.

These documents are very large and may take several minutes to download:

View final EIS

View supplementary materials

View preferred alternative

The preferred alternative including off-interstate improvements is illustrated in Exhibit 2-9 in the Final EIS. The preferred alternative, described in detail in Section 2 of the Final EIS, has the following elements:

  • A modernized freeway with safety improvements including right-hand entrances and exits and an additional lane in each direction.
  • Rebuilt interchanges at 68th Street/70th Street, a half interchange at Hawley Road, a reconfigured Stadium Interchange and rebuilt interchanges at 35th Street and 26th Street/28th Street/St. Paul Avenue. The Mitchell Boulevard exit and entrance will be eliminated. A new local exit at 44th Street will be part of the redesigned Stadium Interchange.

Locations to review the Final EIS include the WisDOT Southeast Region Office in Waukesha, 141 NW Barstow Street, open Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and the WisDOT Bureau of Technical Services in Madison:  4802 Sheboygan Avenue, open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Other locations:

​Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
​Milwaukee Public Library-
Forest Home
1432 W. Forest Home Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
​Milwaukee Public Library-
Martin Luther King
310 W. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI
​West Allis Public Library
7421 W. National Avenue
West Allis, WI
​Milwaukee County Department of Transportation
10320 Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI
​City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works
841 N Broadway Room 501
Milwaukee, WI
​Milwaukee Public Library-
Washington Park
2121 N. Sherman Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI
​Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI
W239 N1812 Rockwood Drive
Waukesha, WI


Completion of the Final EIS and conceptual plan included coordinating with utilities and meeting with businesses that may be affected by the project, as well as coordinating with the City of Milwaukee, City of West Allis, City of Wauwatosa and Village of West Milwaukee. This extensive coordination effort yields information that will be used during future design phases.  

The last step of the study will be the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of the Record of Decision, which is their final approval of the preferred alternative.  The preferred alternative was selected by WisDOT and FHWA in February 2015. The specific option chosen was the “At-grade alternative” in the west segment through the cemeteries and the “On-alignment alternative” in the east segment. The preferred alternative provides a modernized freeway with additional lane capacity.

WisDOT and the Federal Highway Administration continue to assess the project’s potential effects on historic properties as required under the National Historic Preservation Act. A draft Programmatic Agreement documenting steps that WisDOT will undertake to avoid impacts to historic properties can be found on the project website.

Due to the lack of funding in the 2015-2017 state budget for the project, it’s not possible to give a firm construction start date. WisDOT is currently assessing the project schedule and hopes to have a better estimate on construction timing early next year. Updates to the project website will be made when new information is available.

Project location

​I-94, 70th St. to 16th St., in Milwaukee County.

Project overview

WisDOT is continuing an environmental and engineering analysis of the I-94 East-West Freeway Corridor. The project covers approximately 3.5 miles of I-94 between 70th Street and 16th Street in Milwaukee County. The project includes one system interchange (WIS 175/WIS 341/Miller Park Way) and five service interchanges (70th Street/68th Street, Hawley Road, Mitchell Boulevard, 35th Street, and 26th Street/St. Paul Avenue.)

This portion of the I-94 East-West Freeway corridor opened to traffic in 1961 and 1962. It is the link between the Marquette Interchange and Zoo Interchange. It plays a key role in moving commuters, tourists, freight and other movements to major sites around and beyond the Southeast region of the state.

WisDOT has maintained and rehabilitated the ramps, bridges, pavements and other structures a number of times over the past 50 years, but the corridor is nearing the end of its useful life. Now is the time to take the next steps to determine how the corridor is rebuilt to ensure that it serves the economy of Southeastern Wisconsin for decades to come.

Traffic from around the region, state and nation passes through this corridor, and there are many major institutions and tourist attractions that are in close proximity, including:

  • Veterans Administration complex
  • Miller Park
  • Miller Coors Brewery
  • Menomonee Valley businesses, including Potawatomi Casino


The study began in 2012 and is currently scheduled for completion in 2016.


Jason Lynch, PE, WisDOT Project Supervisor
(414) 750-1803

Michael Pyritz, WisDOT Southeast Region Communications Manager
(262) 521-5373

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
Southeast Region
141 NW Barstow St.
P.O. Box 798
Waukesha, WI 53187-0798
Phone: (262) 548-5902
Fax: (262) 548-5662
TDD: 711