Thursday, December 18, 2008

Resolution would support I-94 civil rights complaint

Ald. Robert Bauman this week introduced a resolution seeking Common Council support of the civil rights complaint the ACLU filed over the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's inadquate planning for and analysis of the planned North-South I-94 reconstruction and expansion project.

The resolution reads in part:

The Common Council finds that the City of Milwaukee and its residents and taxpayers would not benefit from – and would in fact be harmed by – WisDOT’s plans to add lanes to Interstate 94 south of the Mitchell Interchange, construct an interchange at Drexel Avenue and reduce interstate highway access at the 27th Street/Interstate 894 interchange...

The Common Council adopted...a resolution expressing the City’s opposition to the proposed reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 94 and its support for a new strategic approach to transportation investments in Southeastern Wisconsin; and...

In a recently-completed audit of the City’s residential street paving program, the City Comptroller found that over one-fifth of Milwaukee’s residential streets are in poor condition and that the cost of bringing all residential streets up to fair or good condition could be as much as $780 million over the next 25 years; andWhereas, It is fundamentally unjust for the federal governmental to saddle local property taxpayers with the burden of paying for repairs to existing local streets while at the same time funding the reconstruction and expansion of Interstate highways;

The City of Milwaukee supports the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin’s complaint against the Wisconsin Department of Transportation relating to the reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 94, which was filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation....

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