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.

1 minute read

March 28, 2024, 7:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Aerial view of Milwaukee, Wisconsin skyline with freeway interchanges in foreground at night.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. | Lawrence / Adobe Stock

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.”

Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Spectrum News 1

Aerial view of homes on beach in Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii Passes First Legislation Regulating Short-Term Rentals Statewide

The new law will give counties the power to limit number or short-term rentals and convert existing short-term rental units back into long-term residential housing.

May 13, 2024 - USA Today

Google office building in Virginia.

Virginia Data Centers Draining State’s Water Supply

Being the world’s largest data center hub is having a severe impact on local water resources.

May 9, 2024 - Grist

Entrance to a drive-through car wash at night with green 'Enter' sign.

Ohio Towns Move to Ban New Car Washes

City officials in northeast Ohio are putting limits on how many car wash facilities can open in their towns.

May 16, 2024 - News 5 Cleveland

Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state.

Northwest Power Demand Could Surge as Data Centers, Transportation Electrification Ramps Up

New estimates project a steady increase in electricity demand due to population growth, data centers, and the shift to electric power in homes, buildings, and transportation.

May 17 - Governing

Blurred traffic speeding by on freeway with Los Angeles skyline in background.

California Testing Per-Mile Gas Tax Alternatives

A summer pilot program will test the fairness and efficacy of collection mechanisms for mileage-based fee options.

May 17 - Newsweek

Close-up of 'Pay rent' note in red marker on day 1 of monthly calendar.

After Months of Decreases, Rents Nationwide Are Going Up

Average rents rose by $12 around the country so far this year.

May 17 - Smart Cities Dive

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.