Plans For I-794 Extension To Be Presented In Early 2012

Lake Parkway could be extended through Oak Creek and into Caledonia.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Pat Jursik said in her latest newsletter that a public hearing will be held in February regarding an extension of the Interstate 794 Lake Parkway.

Jursik is the chairwoman of the Interstate 794 Expansion Committee, which has discussed along the Union Pacific railroad tracks, and possibly even into Caledonia and Racine County.

She that an expansion could provide local traffic a good way to travel up and down the lakeshore and alleviate traffic congestion on nearby roads. She also said that the "footprint" for an extension is clean, meaning that homes and businesses would not have to be removed for it to be built.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 29 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave.

At the meeting, residents will have a chance to view the plans, ask questions and give their input.

mau November 29, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Why are they so insistent on cutting up Caledonia to get from Milwaukee to Chicago. If their concern is getting traffic just into Racine, they just spent 2 years redoing Hwy 38 and they did a nice job. It would make more sense to use an existing route like Hwy 31. This has been an ongoing proposal since 1981. How to get from Milwaukee to Chicago, cutting through Racine County. They had wanted to take Nicholson Road, which would have displaced MANY homes. Luckily we had Petak who fought this proposal down.
rudi wendt November 30, 2011 at 07:37 AM
I wasn`t sure where to post this but this is as good as any place to post.Feb.8,2012 will be 4 plus years of harrasment from WE's expansion.Nov.26'2011 I called the police complaining about the harrassing loud exhaust noise and it has been going on ever since then.This had been 6 or 7 times I have called the police,one of those times was to file a harrasment complaint which the officer would not due.Just for example on Nov.29,2011 at 11:15 PM. to 11:30 PM. there were 10 yes,10 loud harrasing exhaust noisey vehicles going past the house.This is besides all the other noisey vehicles threw out the day.I'm not looking for a reply to this,this is mainly for my records.
Ken November 30, 2011 at 02:42 PM
What am I missing here? What would be the REAL reason to extend the Lake Parkway? Back when the were promising a "freeway", it would have been good for travelers but hell for those who lived in the area along the road. What we got - despite all the voting down we did - was a slow-speed "me too" road that was built almost under the cover of darkness and has the retaining walls cracking and buckling. It does a nice job of bringing the inner city down to Cudahy as well, which was the main reason for all the NO votes whenever it came up. The whole idea about relieving traffic is ludicrous given that the sout side and lakeshore suburbs have been under siege for years with highway expansion and reconstruction along ALL the major trafiic routes and I-94. We haven't been able to get anywhere without an extra 20-minute detour for 4 years or more. Ms. Jursik needs to get it through her head that we didn't want what we've got and we sure as h*## don't want any more of it.
Kim Hoover November 30, 2011 at 07:43 PM
mau December 01, 2011 at 12:33 AM
Took me a bit to find it but this article explains what lead up to the Lake Arterial Highway. I was thinking it was 1981 but it started in 1991. Your section is done and the section which is Hwy 31 from the Illinois border through Kenosha to Hwy 11 is done. Illinois is working on their part but it is sporadic sections being worked on. The hang point is from Hwy 11 to the Racine County Line. This article is before they had picked Nicholson Road south of Ryan Road as the extension. And was also before they completed the Hwy 31 project. Originally they were going to just keep going straight south from where Nicholson Road ends on Dunkelow Rd. There were several meetings for public input. Questions came up about how home owners were to be compensated for losing land or their homes. I think they said by law, all property on either side of Nicholson measuring 50 feet from the center of the highway was theirs to use and no one would be compensated. When asked what about the houses that are within or near that 50 feet, they said it was up to the homeowner to move their house back or give it up. I don't remember how anyone else was to be compensated south of Dunkelow. There was such an outcry that Petak lead the charge and the plan got stopped. It was just in the last few years that this monster reared it's ugly head and they were again wanting to carve up Caledonia. http://www.journaltimes.com/news/local/article_ad700453-fdbe-53f9-86b7-794256991465.html
Jeff Warg December 01, 2011 at 02:50 AM
The plan this time is for 794 to follow the Union Pacific railroad right of way. The city of Racine is dying, one in six people have left the city since 1970!! 794 is a key component to improving the local economy!! 31% of Racine County's entire population lives in an area from the Main Street Bridge up to the Milw County line and out west to I-94. On the north side, there is not one four lane highway west out to I-94 and there are no four lane highways between the city of Racine and Milwaukee. Travel times along the lakeshore are unacceptable. Cudahy is 16 miles from Racine, the trip up Hwy 32 takes nearly 30 minutes. Waukegan is about 30 miles away and nearly a hour trip. Downtown Racine is almost 30 minutes from the freeway! No one will invest here-unless we invest in ourselves!!!!!
Jeff Warg December 01, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Take a look at the mile long backups on Pennslyvania south of 794, that is why its proposed to go south to Ryan Road. In Racine, most of the population lives along the lakeshore-we need 794 more than you do. I-94 is 9 miles away from the lakeshore and takes 20-30 minutes to get to. No wonder Racine leads the state in unemployment every year. Who wants to bulld in a isolated city?
Jeff Warg December 01, 2011 at 03:53 AM
" It would make more sense to use an existing route like Hwy 31" Mau-this is exactly what Caledonia's 794 study commitee has looked at-extending 31 up north to meet 794 at Ryan. Hwy 31 would stay as is and not become a freeway!! The problem-eventually 31 by the mall and in Kenosha couldnt handle all this traffic. There are already too many stoplights on 31, so the trip to IL is not fast and the speed limit in Racine and Mt Pleasant is too slow at 35mph. It's 45 mph by busy hwy 31 and 50 in Kenosha. Regional planners since the 1960's have said there needs to be another n-s arterial east of I-94, they are right.
T.R. December 02, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Your crazy Jeff. Why would caledonia and racine want to invest? Racine put there harbor in place 20 years ago. Didnt reall do much. Johnson Family plucked down a building worth 28 million, helped the downtownt greatly. Caledonia goverment wishes to blame everybody but themselves. They should of brought sewer and water to I94. The claimed 25 years ago it was to expensive. They have no vision. They chose the path of who ever wants to do something is to do it. It doesnt matter if its fits. Just do it. If you go to Oak Creek or Kenosha there built up along the I94. Not Caledonia, There holding taxes down, there also offering no plans for 94, sad. 794 might be the infrastucture caledonia needs. No thanks to the current board.
Jeff Warg December 02, 2011 at 04:18 AM
T.R. -As part of the Harbor development there was a plan on the county level around 1987 to make 4 mile Rd and KR both four lanes in from i-94, as well as, widen 31 to create a loop into Racine. The only part done was the 31 upgrades. Racine is becoming a mini Detroit, it doesnt have to be that way! The area has lots of plans-but no action.
mau December 02, 2011 at 08:44 PM
The problem with Caledonia is the Caledonia Conservancy. Every time there has been an offer or plan to develop in Caledonia it is met with resistance from the green people. Unless it meets their "green" plan or it is a benefit for the horse owners and riders. There is no good route from the I into Racine. Whoever laid out Racine must have been hallucinating at the time. Then top that off, the potential routes like 4 Mile or Hwy G, don't go all the way through. Who decided to put the off-ramp on G instead of 4 Mile? Even Racine County was sitting on their hands and let Kenosha grab up all the commercial development. To me there is nothing appealing about having to take your life into your own hands to get to downtown Racine. What has Racine got going for itself for development? There's a lot of blame to go around.
Jeff Warg December 02, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Mau-All very valid points. Taking Main Street from the north to get to downtown is the safest route. Washington Ave, shouldn't been selected as the main route from I-94 to downtown since it meanders. Spring Street is more of a direct route, it would have been a better choice. The blame should indeed go around. Racine Mayor John Dickert told the city during his recent re-election speech that highways are unsustainable. Racine itself is unsustainable. They must think 13% unemployment is okay. Racine hasn't formed a 794 study committee despite being asked to do so. Hwy 32 and 38 are four lanes in the city, while in Caledonia, neither one is four lanes. Caledonia's poor highway infrastructure is hurting access to the city of Racine from the north and west. Caledonia is not sustainable either. Many executives with a high degree of expendable income live in Caledonia-yet those dollars can't even be spent in their own community due to almost no retail being located there. People complain about the taxes in Caledonia-your mill rate is 50 percent LESS than what city of Racine residents pay!! The highest median household income in the metro Racine area is in the 53402 zip code at $51,900. By the Mall in 53406, the median hh income is only $48,207. The Wal-Mart real estate rep didnt even know this when I told him! Caledonia and Racine need to improve their marketing. Caledonia needs to allow more businesses to be built!
mau December 02, 2011 at 11:56 PM
I'm not sure that Caledonia is not sustainable. I've lived here 30 years and I am still in amazement of how it has grown. I would have loved to see a Super Walmart on the North side. Franksville is in dire need of a big grocery store. What is going to draw Caledonia resident's business is Howell Avenue in Oak Creek. What they have done is amazing. It's clean, it's safe and it's easy to get to. When they build their Walmart that may really limit my shopping in the Racine area. Hwy K off the freeway, joined into the Hwy 38 round-about, would have been a good choice. I had to direct a semi to State Street and that was the simplest route to explain. But then that is a pit to drive Northwestern Avenue past Gilmore.


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