The Wisconsin Department of Transportation estimates the project will require up to 3.8 million hours of on-site labor by skilled construction professionals. The wages earned on the project will flow throughout the economy, supporting local businesses. Furthermore, this project is anticipated to deliver up to $115 million in contracts to small, minority, and women-owned businesses through WisDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, according to the National Association of Minority Contractors, Wisconsin Chapter. But longer term, the corridor’s improvement enhances economic competitiveness and development for decades by providing safe, efficient access to jobs, services, materials, and markets.
The East-West is a vital commerce corridor carrying nearly $25 billion in freight annually. Modernizing the roadway will help Wisconsin businesses get products like beer, motorcycles, steel, frozen pizzas, and more to market faster.