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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation held a meeting Thursday with local business people who will be affected by the planned expansion of Interstate 90/39.
State transportation officials will hold a public hearing on the location, design and environmental aspects of proposed improvements to Interstate interchanges in Beloit.
Continued funding for the Interstate 90/39 project and tweaking the state's shared revenue formula will get the attention of lawmakers when they return to work in January.
Park-and-ride lots at the Highway 59 interchange at Newville and near Racine Street in Janesville are possibilities in the state's Interstate 90/39 expansion plans.
Last year, affected Janesville property owners voted overwhelmingly in favor of the noise walls for the central segment of the Interstate expansion project.
Wall construction likely will occur after Interstate construction so it doesn't interfere with mainline work that's now scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
The department has scheduled a public information meeting for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Holiday Inn Express, 3100 Wellington Place, Janesville.
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.
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