Monday, October 6, 2008

Jursik wants study of longer I-794

You knew this one had to be coming. County Supervisor Patricia Jursik is calling on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to study the possibility of ending I-794 at Ryan Road in Oak Creek.

Jursik made her request after the State Department of Transportation said lowering the Hoan Bridge and reducing I-794 to a four-lane boulevard could lead to billions in new development.

“We ask Transportation Secretary Busalacchi to spend another $175,000 to fund this study, the same amount he paid for the bridge-for-sale ad," she said in a press release. "In response to a request from South Milwaukee Mayor Tom Zepecki, my office asked the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) to develop the footprint for the extension of 794 to Ryan Road. I have received this map and now call on the Department of Transportation to discontinue studies on demolition of the bridge and instead begin to fund the completion of this South Shore asset.”


Jesse276 said...

Quid pro quo, right-size the Hoan bridge and build KRM, then we can work to build a south shore extension.

Kofi Bofah said...

794 seems to be a bit underutilized. The highway also separates downtown from the neighborhoods to the south.

I do think that converting this spur to a boulevard would be a better use of the space; particularly the area paralleling the lakefront.

Anonymous said...

As much as I support transit and oppose most freeway expansion I have to say Kofi, your comments are far off base.

The lake parkway has become a vital *connection* of downtown and the south side neighborhoods. Property values have skyrocketed since it was completed. This has become a vital connection for people living there and I would be concerned about the impact that removing the hoan and only having boulevard's would have on those areas.