The Hound was looking to leave Lake County the other day for points south and determined with all the construction going on it's like a maze trying to move around here in one's vehicle.
Route 41, Grand Avenue and Washington Street are all ripped up in Gurnee; Green Bay Road work has begun in North Chicago; the Tri-State's still a construction zone. Route 45 work will start soon; O'Plaine Road has bridge work. Now comes word Interstate 94 in Wisconsin, from the Lake County line to Milwaukee will be under construction for the next seven years! Help!
Apparently, this I-94 work up north is a time to celebrate and roll out the barrels --- orange construction barrels. The seven-year, nearly $2 billion project will expand the gateway to vacationland to eight lanes and make other improvements. This rebuild will be the largest transportation project the state has ever undertaken. They must really want Flatlanders' tourism dollars.
This work doesn't appear to be a stimulus-driven project, although it is expected to create more than 2,300 jobs before it is scheduled to be done in 2016. It was about time the work got underway. That section of the interstate is about 50 years old and is the most widely used freeway in the state carrying 150,000 vehicles per. It will cost the state about $750 million on the project.
Since the Tri-State Tollway work in Lake County, I-94 in Wisconsin was looking a little shabby. But The Hound still needs help in getting the heck out of here. Any cut-through suggestions?