By late Tuesday afternoon, roughly 100 residents had visited the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s hearing on the Zoo Interchange to share ideas about the project.
Many came to comment on the two proposed plans for an interchange at Interstate 94 and 84th Street. WisDOT has proposed a “Texas style” that routes drivers on east-bound I-94 past 84th Street over a bridge that directs them in a U-turn that then deposits them on a ramp onto 84th Street.
Donna Brown, Zoo Interchange project director, said comments from the hearing will be collected and considered as WisDOT makes changes to its draft plans for the project and comes up with a final reconstruction proposal.
Reconstruction options range from $960 million to rebuild the interchange as-is, to $2.31 billion to rebuild it with eight lanes — four in each direction — and safety improvements that would eliminate left-side off-ramps and would space out the on- and off-ramps.
Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled to last until 7 p.m.
WisDOT will hold a second public hearing from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis.
The department will collect public comments until July 13. It is scheduled to select a preferred reconstruction plan in September.