We're not sure we understand all the implications of this opinion piece by Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik.
Ostensibly, it's about preserving the Hoan Bridge, but she also writes, "I have received from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) a footprint for the extension of the 794 freeway to Ryan Road and am now calling on the Department of Transportation to discontinue studies on demolition of the bridge and instead begin to fund the completion of this South Shore asset."
But the sentence that really got my attention was this: "If the state wants to know where it can get funds to pay for the re-decking of the bridge and the extension of the 794 freeway, it can come from a toll road from the Wisconsin/Illinois state line to the county line."
Um, she's talking about a toll road through Racine County! What, it isn't enough that we're paying for the Brewers' stadium?
Jeff Warg, the reader who sent us the link to Jursik's post on the Milwaukee Business Blog, writes, "Maybe the powers that be in local government would push for an extension into Racine County since the state is considering moving Hwy 38 west next to the railroad tracks. If continued further north along those same tracks, 38 could also link to 794."
Warg, who lives in Racine, six blocks from the lake, commented on the Business Blog, "Ms Jursik should be commended for her suggestion to extend 794 to Ryan Road... We have no four-lane access roads on the north side of Racine heading west to I-94. Our two other highways heading north to Milwaukee, 32 and 38, are slow, two-lane relics from the 1950s. Hwy 31 and 32 between Kenosha and Racine are four lanes; why has the state ignored 32 and 38 heading to Milwaukee? They are a joke! All of this for a city of 81,000 people. Small town Wausau has a better freeway system than we do. 794 would give us quick access to downtown Milwaukee. The truth is, 794 should be extended into Racine County. The city of Racine has a 16% unemployment rate and is dying due to lack of freeway access."