Word on the street is (no pun intended) the reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange, a portal for 300,000 vehicles per day, will wrap up before August 30 -- ahead of schedule!
When this project began in 2004 we were all lamenting about the "two seasons in Wisconsin - winter and construction". But no one is complaining now. We thought it would disrupt the traffic to and through downtown with chaos, but it was at most, only a slight inconvenience. And soon we will be enjoying those right hand exits, keeping pace with every other major city.
According to mchange.org, it cost less than the estimated $810 million.
Interesting tidbit #1:
Milwaukeeans will remember the mural we lost in the process: "The Whaling Wall"
The whale mural adorned the courthouse building since 1997. I have no idea why there was a whale there since whales do not live in the Great Lakes so it never made sense to me. It didn't make sense to this guy either:
"There are no whales in Milwaukee. In the wild, there are no whales within a thousand miles of Milwaukee. There is no aquarium here (well, that's due to change this year with the opening of the new Discovery World building, which will feature a modest aquarium.) The whale mural, basically, has jack all to do with this town."
He's talking about the new Discovery World that recently opened, but I digress....
Interesting tidbit #2: (actually a cluster of tidbits)
- The new Marquette Interchange required six new acres of land or air rights.
- The project returned six other acres of excess property.
- Only one residential removal was done.
Pretty sweet deal huh? I'm impressed.