I-94 East-West Econ Connect is a coalition of businesses, economic development organizations, institutions, and other entities deeply invested in the future of the I-94 East-West Corridor. We understand the importance of the corridor as an economic engine for commerce in metro Milwaukee, Waukesha County, and the entire state. We strongly support the timely reconstruction of the severely outdated and increasingly unsafe highway.
We were very pleased Governor Evers announced in July of 2020 the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) seeks federal approval to resume the I-94 East-West Corridor project. And we were grateful the governor and lawmakers recommitted to rebuild this critical stretch of roadway by enumerating the project in the 2021-23 state budget.
Econ Connect understands the need for data-driven solutions and public input and supports WisDOT’s efforts and the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. We continue to work with WisDOT and other stakeholders toward the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approving the project and issuing a new Record of Decision in 2022.
Further delay of this much-needed project will have disastrous economic, social, and safety implications.