DOT: Interstate construction dropped as part of reevaluation of state highway projects
DOT drops plans to expand I-39/90 north of Madison
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin transportation officials have given up on expanding the interstate between Madison and Wisconsin Dells.
The Department of Transportation had been studying adding new lanes to Interstate 39/90/94 between Madison and Portage and expanding I-90/94 from Portage to Wisconsin Dells. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that DOT officials said work on the studies ended Friday.
The studies began in 2014 and have cost about $3.5 million so far. DOT spokeswoman Patty Mayer said ending them now will save $5 million, which can be put toward a new study on replacing interstate bridges over the Wisconsin River.
DOT Secretary Dave Ross has said his agency must “right-size design” as it balances revenue and demand for projects. Mayer said the agency’s focus now is to maintain existing roads.
In a statement Friday, Ross said “planning for reconstruction or expansion outside of the planning horizon would be wasteful.”
“In an effort to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, I have directed WisDOT staff to reevaluate and reprioritize all state highway projects,” Ross said in the statement.
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