Should I-90/39 be four lanes here?
Initial plans called for widening Interstate 90/39 from two to three lanes in each direction from the Illinois state line to Madison’s Beltline starting in 2015. A state transportation official, however, now says 20-year traffic estimates warrant four lanes from the Avalon Road interchange south of Janesville to Highway 26 on our city’s northwest side. So new plans call for putting four lanes in each direction through Janesville when the rest of the 45-mile stretch from South Beloit to Madison expands to three each way.
Do you agree? And if the freeway does expand to four lanes in each direction, does erecting expensive sound barriers along the Interstate in Janesville make sense? In Sunday’s Gazette, reporter Marcia Nelesen will explore the barrier issue.
Our editorial Sunday will provide our perspective on the freeway project in Janesville—both the plan to go from two to four lanes in each direction and whether to erect sound barriers.