According to Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan’s office, Doyle said he would call a meeting of the Transportation Projects Commission, which is responsible for enumerating and prioritizing proposed projects. The commission could meet before the end of the year. The meeting would be the first time the commission has convened during Doyle’s nearly eight years in office.
Without TPC approval, the project would need to be written into the next 2011-13 biennium budget, which will be debated next year.
The expansion of I-90/39 would add a lane in both directions to aid state tourism and commerce. The Department of Transportation projects a 50 percent increase in traffic on I-90/39 by 2030.
The project would cost an estimated $1 billion and could start as early as 2015.
State Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi said the federal government would likely cover 40 to 50 percent of the costs. The state’s segregated transportation fund, which is comprised of fuel tax revenue and vehicle registration fees, would pay for the rest.
The state submitted an environmental assessment for the expansion to the Federal Highway Administration in June and expects a response in the next couple of weeks.