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With clock ticking on streetcar extension, Milwaukee committee puts plans on hold

The Hop leaves Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee on Friday (above) for its maiden voyage, while Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett welcomes visitors to the kickoff event. The $124 million streetcar project took two years to complete and consists of a 2.5-mile downtown loop. (Photos by Kevin Harnack)

A Milwaukee committee voted on Tuesday both to pause plans to extend the city's streetcar and study proposed routes into north- and south-side neighborhoods, a decision that threatens to strain an already tight construction schedule calling for service to be added near the site of the Democratic National Convention by July 2020.

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Polar blast inflicts less damage in Milwaukee, Madison than similar weather five years ago (UPDATE)

A billboard in Port Washington reminds passersby on Wednesday to bundle up amid the arctic blast that inflicted damage on old infrastructure throughout the Midwest. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems. But in Wisconsin’s two largest cities, city officials were saying the cold snap hadn’t caused as much damage to infrastructure as had the previous deep freeze five years ago.

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