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I-43 expansion plans unveiled

By Charles Benson. CREATED Aug 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE - It's a busy stretch of I-43 and it's only two lanes wide. The DOT wants to expand the interstate in portions of Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.

But rebuilding the I-43 North-South corridor is in the early planning stages. The goal is to reduce congestion and increase safety.
 
"This stretch of I-43 is pretty crowded, pretty old and doesn't work as efficiently as it ought to be," said Glendale business owner Bill Druck.
 
Druck is okay with rebuilding, but he was asking questions at a DOT open house Tuesday night about the impact on his Glendale business.
 
The state wants the entire 14 mile stretch from Silver Spring to Highway 60 in Grafton to be three lanes in each direction.
 
That will impact homes and businesses, depending on the final plan.   
 
"If they stick to plan A, the preferred plan, I think I am in pretty good shape," said Druck.
 
One of the biggest proposed changes is right here at the Brown Deer Road interchange where drivers will actually feel like they are in England.
 
It's called the Diverging Diamond. Drivers will swap lanes and drive on the left side of the road going over the freeway. It's supposed to reduce turning accidents.
 
"We swap the traffic on the opposite side of the roadway in order to remove conflict," said Rob Beuthling with Wisconsin D-O-T, "so traffic doesn't have to interact with opposing cars."    
 
If you're confused about how that works - don't worry, you've got lots of time to think about it. 
 
There's no official start date but construction potentially could begin in 2020.   
 
The next meeting is Thursday, August 22 at Christ Church, 13460 North Port Washington Road in Mequon from 4-7 p.m.
 
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