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


Release Date: July 8, 2020
Governor Evers Announces I-94 East-West Corridor Project to Move Forward

Thank you for your interest in the I-94 East-West project in Milwaukee. The project is being restarted with the goal to modernize the stretch of I-94 between 70th and 16th Streets to improve safety, replace aging infrastructure (originally constructed in the 1960’s) and reduce congestion.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southeast Region staff are in the early phases of planning. Currently, the previously prepared environmental documents are being re-evaluated and will be updated as we work towards a Record of Decision. Having a safer and more efficient roadway connecting the Zoo Interchange and the Marquette Interchange will prove to be a benefit to the City, County and the State of Wisconsin.

This segment of roadway serves an ethnically and financially diverse population. 75% of the trips along this segment of Interstate either begins or ends within the limits of the project. Having a modernized system will help connect people to jobs and will allow growth to continue in the area and across the region. As we begin to review the previous preferred alternative for this project, it should be noted that there are very few impacts to private residences and limited impact to businesses along the corridor.

In addition to improved safety for the traveling public, reduced travel delays will help to mitigate impacts to air quality. In the preceding years, we have seen a steady increase with record high numbers of vehicle miles traveled which supports the continued need for this type of infrastructure investment. Investment in transit, local roads, bike and pedestrian, port, rail and air are all a part of our overall plan to support Wisconsin's transportation system.

We appreciate your thoughts on the project and look forward to continued feedback on what this project could mean to the corridor, region and State. As planning moves forward, there will be several opportunities for public engagement.


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

Status/phase

The study began in 2012, was placed on hold in 2017, and is currently under review. The study is scheduled for completion in 2021. 

Schedule​

Past (​anything prior to today):

  • July 2020 - Governor Evers Announces I-94 East-West Corridor Project to Move Forward​
  • October 2017 – Record of Decision Rescinded (due to not being funded in state budget)​
  • September 2016 – Signed Record of Decision​​
  • February 2016 - Final Environmental Impact Statement available for public review
  • December 3 and 4, 2014 - Public hearings on DEIS​
  • November 14, 2014-January 27, 2015 – DEIS availability period; extended 74-day comment period exceeded federal requirements
  • June 2014 - PIM (Public Involvement Meeting)
  • July 2013 - PIM, screened alternatives presented
  • May 2013 – PIM, alternatives refined and further developed
  • December 2012 - PIM, initial alternatives presented
  • Fall 2012 - Initial alternatives development
  • August 2012 - PIMs​ ​conducted
  • 2012 - Agency coordination and data gathering started​

Contacts

Bill Mohr, WisDOT Southeast Freeways Supervisor
(262) 408-3628
Bill.Mohr@dot.wi.gov

Michael Pyritz, WisDOT Southeast Region Communications Manager
(262) 521-5373
Michael.Pyritz@dot.w​i.gov​

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
ser.dtsd@dot.wi.gov