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Motorists traveling around Janesville's far north side will see plenty of orange next year, a construction appetizer for a main course that's still a couple of years away.
Lawmakers will reach a deal on federal funding for the Interstate 90/39 project, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said in a meeting with The Gazette Editorial Board on Friday.
In a report, the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group said projected traffic counts have not met actual traffic counts and therefore don't justify the $950 million expansion project.
The Interstate 90/39 project is needed, but it's threatened by inability of Congress to pass a long-term transportation funding bill, a federal transportation official said Wednesday.
Several business interests were on hand, and much of the discussion centered on the plan to convert the Highway 59 interchange with I-90/39 from a cloverleaf to a diamond.
State transportation officials said next year would be an active one for the alternate route that will take travelers off Interstate 90/39 near Janesville.
Rep. Janis Ringhand, first-time candidate Austin Scieszinski and former Assembly Rep. and Speaker Mike Sheridan are vying to advance to the November general election.
Later in May, the department plans to repave portions of the Interstate from Milwaukee Street in Janesville to just north of the Highway 51/73 interchange near Edgerton.
A state Senate candidate backs the proposal to add an interchange at Interstate 90/39 and County M, and he says it's still possible General Motors will return to Janesville.
Gov. Walker says new revenue ideas likely will be part of his next budget, but they will be balanced by tax cuts.
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