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Secretary Slater Announces Approval Of Milwaukee Highway Projects

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American Government Topics:  Rodney E. Slater

Secretary Slater Announces Approval Of Milwaukee Highway Projects

U.S. Department of Transportation
January 24, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 24, 2000
Contact: Bill Mosley
Tel. (202) 366-5571
DOT 14-00

U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater, in a meeting today with Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, announced U.S. Department of Transportation approval of four highway projects in Milwaukee, to be constructed with $149.5 million in federal funds.

"President Clinton and Vice President Gore recognize the importance of investing in our nation’s infrastructure, and I am pleased that these important projects are moving ahead," Secretary Slater said. "These new facilities will support economic development in Milwaukee, more efficient transportation in the metropolitan area and safer roads for motorists."

The projects and the federal funds to be spent on each are:

  • Marquette Interchange -- $75.2 million.
  • Sixth Street Viaduct -- $51 million.
  • Park East Freeway -- $21.3 million.
  • Lakefront Walkway -- $2 million.

    Secretary Slater congratulated Gov. Thompson, Milwaukee County Executive F. Thomas Ament and Milwaukee Mayor John O. Norquist for their leadership in reaching agreement on the projects and on their work to build an effective transportation system for southeast Wisconsin. He also acknowledged the efforts of the Wisconsin congressional delegation in securing the approval of these projects, particularly Reps. David Obey, Thomas Barrett, Gerald D. Kleczka, Thomas E. Petri and F. James Sensebrenner Jr., and Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold.

    DOT said that it would wait for the completion of a study by the Wisconsin Center District before approving an additional $91 million for local transportation options, which was part of the agreement between the city, county and state. The study will contain recommendations about how the funds will be used.

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