Construction on I-90, I-39 expansion project begins | News
State and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for an interstate expansion project.
The Highway 11 (Racine Street) interchange reconstruction in Janesville marks the start of the Interstate 39/90 expansion project, according to the Department of Transportation.
The improvement project that began today in Janesville is the first construction work related to the expansion of I-39/90 from the Illinois state line north to the US 12/18 interchange near Madison.
The DOT said there were 101 crashes at the Highway 11 interchange From 2006 to 2010, including two fatalities. The reconstruction project is meant to improve safety and mobility prior to the start of Interstate mainline work scheduled for 2015.
The overall I-39/90 reconstruction project will expand 45 miles of Interstate in Dane and Rock counties, a DOT statement said.
“I believe the whole project will get done whether or not there’s some slow down by the Legislature or the Governor because of a lack of funds by a year or two,” said Senator Tim Cullen. “I hope that doesn’t happen. It’s conceivable it could happen but it’s not going to stop the project. It may delay but I hope that doesn’t happen.”
Cullen said the expansion will improve the safety of the highway and will help to increase economic development in the area.