Interstate project could expand
JANESVILLE Traffic count projections justify expanding Interstate 90/39 to four lanes in each direction through Janesville, state transportation officials said.
Original plans called for the widening of the Interstate from two lanes in each direction to three lanes from the Illinois state line to the Beltline in Madison.
Department of Transportation project manager Steve Marshall said 20-year traffic projections for the Interstate segment through Janesville warrant four lanes in each direction.
Federal highway officials, he said, suggested that the segment be expanded now rather than later.
Marshall and other transportation officials will be in Rock County on Tuesday to discuss one of the
three segments in the expansion project.
Tuesday's meeting will serve as an introduction to the project's south segment, a 12-mile stretch running from the Illinois state line to County O, just south of Janesville.
Upcoming meetings will address the central and northern segments of the six-year project, which will expand the Interstate from two lanes in each direction to three lanes starting in 2015.
Marshall said the segment with four lanes in each direction would run from the Avalon Road interchange to Highway 26 on Janesville's northwest side. All other segments of the expansion project are expected to remain at three lanes in each direction.
"Tuesday's meeting will really be the first time we've presented this four-lane proposal," Marshall said.
Officials on Tuesday will present preliminary design information for planned improvements, which includes the complete reconstruction and expansion of the Interstate, as well as interchange reconstructions at Interstate 43, County S and Avalon Road.
Marshall said the public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions. Maps showing the proposed improvement alternatives also will be on display.
IF YOU GO
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has scheduled three public information meetings to discuss the expansion of Interstate 90/39 between the Illinois state line and the Beltline in Madison. The project has been divided into three segments, and each meeting will focus on one particular segment.
Project: From the Illinois state line to County O, south of Janesville.
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a brief formal presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Turtle Town Hall, 6916 S. County J, Beloit.
Project: From County O to Dane/Rock County line
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a brief formal presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Marshall Middle School, 25 S. Pontiac Drive, Janesville.
Project: From the Dane/Rock County line to the Highway 12/18 interchange near Madison.
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, with a brief formal presentation at 6 p.m.
Where: McFarland High School, 5101 Farwell St., McFarland.
If you would like more information about the project, visit
i39-90.wi.gov. Handouts and presentations from the meetings will be available on the website after the meetings.