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Suzanne Kelley on UPFRONT on Mike Gousha

April 9, 2017

WISN – In another segment, the president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance urged Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers to reconsider funding for work on the Interstate 94 East – West corridor in Milwaukee.

Suzanne Kelley said the corridor “is a major thoroughfare for commerce in our region.”

Walker eliminated money for corridor planning and work in his most recent budget.

“Our business leaders in Waukesha County are telling us that a modern, efficient transportation system is critical to their businesses,” Kelley said.

She said 21,000 businesses, more than 300,000 jobs, and some 500,000 people are within a five-mile radius of the corridor, which is a three-mile section of I-94 between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges. The stretch of road sees frequent traffic congestion and delays.

“The best approach from our standpoint would be to find a comprehensive solution that combines a long-term transportation strategy with appropriate funding for the highest priorities,” she said