Why Now?

“There are 21,000 businesses, 310,000 jobs and 540,000 residents within a five-mile radius of the heart of the East-West corridor, and it is in the state’s best interest to get this project back on track. Failure to do so would hurt Wisconsin now and have negative consequences that will reverberate throughout the entire state economy for years to come.”

Tracy Johnson, President and CEO Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin

“As second-generation leaders of what has grown from a small family bakery into one of the nation’s largest frozen pizza companies, we know the importance of smart investment for future success. Designating funds in the 2017-19 budget to keep the East-West project on schedule would be a smart investment for Wisconsin – one that would keep our businesses and our economy strong and provide major benefits for generations to come.”

Giacomo Fallucca, President and CEO Palermo’s and Angelo Fallucca, Chief Operating Officer Palermo’s

“With the majority of the truck traffic in Wisconsin going through the Zoo or Marquette interchanges, increasing capacity and safety along the East-West corridor linking them is not only a regional mobility concern but also a statewide economic concern.”

Steve Baas, Senior Vice President Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

“The 3.5 miles of interstate that connects the Zoo Interchange and the Marquette Interchange may be some of the most important real estate in our region when it comes to the efficient movement of goods and people through the corridor.  In this hyper-competitive environment, businesses in Waukesha County need every advantage that we as government can provide.  Keeping the replacement of this more than 50-year-old segment of interstate on schedule should be a priority in the upcoming state budget.”

Paul Decker, Chairman Waukesha County Board

“As a dairy farmer and member-owner of Foremost Farms USA, our town, county and state roads are important in getting our product to market, equally important is the interstate highway system in Milwaukee in getting member milk from Michigan to our cheese plant in Appleton. Routinely 50 trucks a day haul milk through this corridor.”

Michael Hesse, Chairman Town of Farmington – La Crosse County

“In Wisconsin, most of our interstates were built in the 1950s and 1960s. The undeniable fact of the matter is they have reached the end of their service lives and need to be reconstructed. Because of the cost and massive scope of the undertaking, planning for this effort began more than a decade ago. For the sake of not just the region but the health of the entire state’s economy, they must proceed.”

Suzanne Kelley, President and CEO Waukesha County Business Alliance

“We the undersigned leaders of Southeastern Wisconsin Cities and Villages urge you to seriously consider and address the delays that will result and the economic harm that will be done to Wisconsin’s economy by putting off needed improvements to the interstate highway system in Southeast Wisconsin. While we sincerely appreciate the recent statements of support for additional general transportation aid to local governments, we believe the time has come for a systemic and sustainable solution to our transportation needs.”

January 11, 2017 letter to members of the Joint Finance Committee signed by 28 southeastern Wisconsin cities and villages