Milwaukee Residents Challenge Freeway Expansion

Residents are voicing opposition to a planned expansion of Interstate 94, arguing that the project would eliminate the limited green space in the neighborhood.

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March 28, 2024, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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Milwaukee residents are banding together to oppose a freeway expansion project, reports Kelly Milan for Spectrum 1 News. “The project, slated to start in 2025 and finish in 2031, aims to widen the roadway to a minimum of four lanes in each direction, spanning from N. 16th Street to N. 70th Street,” Milan explains.

Residents who live near the freeway say they don’t want to see the project destroy local green spaces and bring traffic lanes even closer to homes. “If the project goes through as planned, the state will acquire 54 acres of land.”

According to resident Anne Bowe, “All those are federal dollars are for the convenience and the pleasure of a few people who don’t live in Milwaukee. Most of them are going to the stadium a few days out of the year and suburban commuters who can’t possibly spend an extra half hour on their way home because there’s a little congestion on the freeway.”

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