I-94 westbound lane eliminated downtown in re-configuration
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MILWAUKEE - Drivers on I-94 are noticing a big change near the Marquette Interchange as they travel west from Milwaukee's lakefront towards Waukesha.
Crews re-striped the freeway and eliminated a lane.
People driving on I-794 towards I-94 westbound have experienced the sight of brake lights in recent days.
They stem from a change the Wisconsin Department of Transportation made in the Repave 94 project, to turn two lanes of traffic down to one.
"There will be many instances in which you sit in traffic, sometimes at a standstill," said Scott Connell.
"It has added about 15 to 20 minutes to my commute."
Connell isn't alone. Some drivers took their complaints to Facebook.
- Bob Jones: "A horrible mess. Why create an unnecessary bottleneck?"
- Scott Oakes: "Just go back to the previous traffic pattern. Bottom line is, it is a pain in the (expletive) and it's unsafe."
A DOT spokesperson said they "have been monitoring the Marquette Interchange since it was built, and looking at the interchange as a whole. Crews identified a safety issue with traffic traveling southbound (on) I-43 coming into the Marquette Interchange.
"These recent changes were made. (We) will continue to monitor the traffic situation and will consider changes if necessary."
The DOT spokesperson said the recent changes have helped in other areas of traffic.