Day: September 9, 2021

Work has begun on widening one of the busiest highways in Wisconsin. The I-43 North-South Freeway provides a link in the southeastern section of the state between the Milwaukee area, Chicago and Green Bay. The 50-year-old freeway has exceeded its design life, says the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The project, estimated to cost $551.3 million, involves widening 14 miles from four to six lanes between Glendale and Grafton in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties. Other planned improvements include reconstructing five interchanges and replacing a railroad bridge over the freeway in Glendale. The freeway handles 49,000 vehicles a day near Grafton to 85,460 vehicles a day near Glendale, leading to “regular and significant congestion,” WisDOT says. That traffic is expected to increase to 65,000 and 112,500, respectively, by 2040. Along with alleviating congestion, the project is designed to address pavement and structural needs, safety issues, bridge clearances, driver visibility and merging and weaving distances. The project will also include a diverging diamond interchange at I-43 and WIS 100 and a new interchange at Highland Road. Work zone preparations began last month. Construction

Six road projects, including the emergency repair of the Brent Spence Bridge after it was damaged in a fiery tractor trailer crash, have won awards from the Mid America Association of Transportation Officials. The awards are part of the run-up to the America’s Transportation Awards. The winning road projects are as follows: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet — Brent Spence Bridge Emergency Repair Project (Operations Excellence, Small category) The Indiana Department of Transportation opened the Grand Valley Boulevard Bridge on June 15, 2020, in Martinsville. Replacing a section of four-lane State Road 37, the bridge gives drivers and pedestrians a safe connection to neighborhoods, schools and businesses.Indiana Department of TransportationIndiana Department of Transportation — Grand Valley Boulevard Bridge (Quality of Life/Community Development, Small category—TIE) The Ohio Department of Transportation’s $27 million rehabilitation project for the Charles Berry Memorial Bridge in Lorain provided needed mechanical updates that increased the bascule bridge’s safety.Ohio Department of TransportationOhio Department of Transportation — Charles Berry Memorial Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation (Quality of Life/Community Development, Medium category) Originally designed as a toll road in the 1960s but toll booths were never installed, the Turner