WisDOT highlights importance of completing Zoo Interchange project

​Published: March 14, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today hosted a media event to highlight Governor Evers’ commitment to the completion of the Zoo Interchange project. WisDOT Secretary Designee Craig Thompson addressed the assembled media to highlight the importance of the Zoo Interchange to southeastern Wisconsin and the rest of the state.

“This is the busiest interchange in the state,” said WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson. “Finishing the reconstruction is important to the safety and mobility for the 350,000 motorists, who travel through the Zoo Interchange each day.”

The funding included in the Governor’s budget will allow work to proceed, resulting in the completion of the project. Remaining work includes the roadway and structures between Swan Boulevard and Burleigh Street.

The corridor serves a wide variety of stakeholders including the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, the Milwaukee County Research Park, manufacturing interests such as Briggs and Stratton and educational facilities including Wisconsin Lutheran College and Mount Mary College. It is also a critical link to the industry located in the Fox Valley and with the tourism centered locations across northeast and north central Wisconsin.

“A safe and efficient transportation infrastructure is critical to all we do in Wisconsin,” said Thompson. “From tourism to business development to getting children to school safely, we cannot do it without good roads.”

Preliminary and final engineering could be completed by July of 2020 with a project let allowing construction to begin as early as late summer 2020.

​For more information, contact:

Michael Pyritz, Southeast Region Communications Manager
(262) 521-5373, michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov