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Planned Interstate 39/90 expansion takes shape

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin transportation officials have announced plans to expand one of the state’s busiest stretches of highway.

Officials on Thursday detailed a $715 million reconstruction and expansion of a 45-mile stretch of Interstate 39/90 between Madison and the Illinois state line.

The six-year project is scheduled to begin in 2015. But construction of the Highway 11 interchange in Janesville is scheduled for 2013.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the expansion is designed not only to ease congestion but to also help state tourism and create more economic development along the corridor.

The project will replace pavement, add a third lane in each direction, replace two bridges over the Rock River and replace nearly 100 other smaller bridges.

The project will be 70 percent state funded and 30 percent federal.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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