The city of Milwaukee is supporting a $500,000 project to improve a ramp leading onto the Hoan Bridge.
The project would improve the ramp leading from Carferry Drive to northbound Interstate 794 on the southernmost end of the Hoan Bridge near the Port of Milwaukee. The project would let trucks carrying 135-foot-long wind turbine blades leave the port and ride the Hoan to the Marquette Interchange. Trucks with heavy loads cannot drive up the current ramp from Carferry to I-794 and must take local streets to Interstate 94, said Port Director Eric Reinelt.
Reinelt said the ramp project is completely independent of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s planning for the future of the Hoan Bridge. The bridge must be rebuilt or replaced within the next five years, and the state is considering reconstruction options, including tearing down the bridge and replacing it with an at-grade road.
The city and state would each pay $250,000 to the Carferry Drive ramp project. If approved, construction is likely to begin in spring 2010, Reinelt said.
The ramp project needs approval from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The commission’s Advisory Committee on Transportation System Planning and Programming for the Milwaukee Urbanized Area will consider the project Aug. 19.