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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.
When the state Department of Transportation cranks up its lane-expansion project on Interstate 90/39 between Beloit and Madison, traffic in downtown Edgerton could double.
Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said the state is facing a transportation budget shortfall of between $600 million and $700 million for the next biennium, which runs July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.
Despite landowner Bill Watson's off-the-cuff plug in a Gazette editorial board meeting yesterday that Janesville-area sand and gravel company Frank Brothers is “giving away sand and gravel for free,” that's not really the case.
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