WASHINGTON, D.C. – After advocating for federal investments to improve Wisconsin infrastructure, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today applauded a $160 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant that will be awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to assist in funding construction of the I-94 North-South Freeway Project in Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.
In October 2017, Senator Baldwin wrote to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on the importance of this grant for Southeastern Wisconsin in supporting our state and local economies, connecting workers to their jobs and facilitating the transportation of goods throughout the region.
“Maintaining our transportation infrastructure is crucial to economic growth in Wisconsin. That’s why I’m proud to work across party lines to secure needed funding for our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Baldwin. “This investment will ensure that the I-94 freeway can continue to play a vital role in helping manufacturers and small businesses transport their products to the markets they serve, connecting workers to job opportunities and strengthening our Made in Wisconsin economy.”
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), bipartisan transportation legislation Senator Baldwin supported in 2015, established competitive grants, known as INFRA grants, to nationally and regionally significant freight and highway projects.
The I-94 North-South Freeway Project will address deteriorated roads and bridges by replacing roads, ramps, pavement, bridges, and other structures, and redesign interchanges to improve safety, traffic flow and operational deficiencies. The number of general purpose lanes will also expand from six to eight from the Wisconsin/Illinois state line to the City of Milwaukee.
Extending more than 1,500 miles, I-94 is a key component in connecting major U.S. cities throughout the region. The completed project will ease congestion and improve the efficiency and reliability of this critical network, ensuring manufacturers and small businesses are able to transport their goods to the markets they serve.