The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is conducting a study on the I-794 Lake Interchange corridor, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, and in close coordination with the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. WisDOT’s collaborative and comprehensive process includes assessing the needs and priorities, gathering and analyzing data, evaluating a range of alternatives, and engaging with the public to determine the best transportation solution on this important corridor.
There are 28 original bridge units in the study area, constructed in the 1970s, that are approaching the end of their useful life.
There is an opportunity to increase community connectivity and enhance activation within Milwaukee’s downtown and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods, and improve the compatibility of transportation infrastructure with local plans and development for the Lake Interchange corridor.
I-794 connects Milwaukee’s freeway system to downtown Milwaukee, the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee’s Lakefront, Port Milwaukee and communities along the north shore and south shore. Photo credit: Port Milwaukee
Several areas have been identified on the existing facility where roadway design standards are not met, contributing to safety concerns along the corridor.
Bicycle and pedestrian travel is an important travel mode within the study area. There is a lack of continuous non-motorist infrastructure on the local street network and multiple five-legged intersections which create potentially unsafe conflict points between pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.