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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 01, 2004
Contact: Doug Hecox, 202-366-0660
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U.S. DOT Grant to Help Fund Replacement of Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee

In an effort to continue support for the Marquette Interchange, a new $400,000 Federal Highway Administration grant will help replace aging portions of the Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee, WI, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.

"Serving as a gateway for Wisconsin – connecting Milwaukee with financial centers like Chicago, manufacturing centers like Green Bay and government centers like Madison –the interchange supports the region's economy," said Secretary Mineta.

In reconstructing the interchange, the $810 million Marquette Interchange project, expected to be completed by 2008, will replace several deteriorating structures, extend sight distance at on- and off-ramps, and improve pavement markings and signage.

Besides making numerous safety improvements, the Marquette Interchange project will ease traffic congestion for its 330,000 daily motorists – an amount expected to climb to 375,000 per day by 2025 – and improve its ability to accommodate commercial freight shipments, Secretary Mineta added.

"Investments in projects like the Marquette Interchange ensure goods get to market, and people to their jobs and home to their families," said Federal Highway Administrator Mary E. Peters.

Since 1991, the FHWA has provided funds to states seeking to improve the safety, longevity or utility of key bridges with innovative materials or designs.

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