The state has advanced to July 27 the bid date for the estimated $220 million reconstruction of the Mitchell Interchange.
The interchange project, which officially goes out to bid May 25, will be the largest individual contract for the reconstruction of Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and the Illinois state line, said William Mohr, major projects manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
“It’s a unique part of the project,” he said. “It’s one of the largest interchanges in the state, behind the Marquette and the Zoo.”
The interchange in Milwaukee is between I-94 and Interstate 894. The borders of the interchange project are 35th Street on the west, West Howard Avenue on the north and College Avenue on the south. It does not include the interchange that leads into General Mitchell International Airport.
The project originally was scheduled to go out to bid in September, Mohr said, but WisDOT advanced the bid date because the agency plans to let contractors begin work on the project this fall instead of waiting until 2011.
There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting for contractors June 15, Mohr said, but the location has not yet been chosen.
The project will pose challenges with managing traffic and finding enough space for contractors to stage equipment and materials, Mohr said. He said the state will take lessons learned on the Marquette Interchange reconstruction and use a similar approach on the Mitchell.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for all contractors to go after a job of this size,” Mohr said, “and the Mitchell Interchange is just another step in the completion of the interstate project.”