Opportunity tonight to discuss bike/walk access at I-39/Hwy 10 interchange

I just learned a few minutes ago that there is a public involvement meeting this evening to discuss plans for addressing operational issues with the I-39 interchange at Hwy 10 and WI 66. These issues will include discussion of bicycling and walking access across the interstate at this location.

The crossing of I-39 at this location is the most significant gap in our Stevens Point urban area bicycle network. This is a great opportunity to tell the Wisconsin Department of Transportation about what sort of biking and walking access you want in this area.

The meeting is at Bannach School this evening (Tuesday) at 5-7 PM. The full release from the Wisconsin DOT website appears below.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public involvement meeting to discuss the existing and future operational needs of the I-39/US 10 east/WIS 66 west interchange in Stevens Point.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bannach Elementary School, 5400 Walter Street, in Stevens Point. A presentation is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will follow an open house format.

Currently, the I-39/US 10 east/WIS 66 west interchange experiences significant operational problems during peak travel hours. WisDOT’s primary objective is to address and improve the operations of the interchange. However, changes made to the interchange will likely impact the US 10 east highway. Some modifications to US 10 may be necessary to ensure that the highway continues to safely serve the needs of the traveling public, the local community and the adjacent businesses.

WisDOT is seeking the public’s input on some potential solutions that were developed to address the existing and future transportation needs of the I-39/US 10 east/WIS 66 west interchange. The interchange is currently scheduled for reconstruction in 2022, but could occur as early as 2019.

The I-39/US 10 east/WIS 66 west interchange is one of the interchanges currently being studied along the I-39 Stevens Point area corridor. For more information about the study, please visit the project website.

Bannach Elementary School is handicapped accessible. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Kristin McHugh at least three working days prior to the meeting.

For more information, contact

Kristin McHugh, WisDOT region communications manager
(715) 421-8380, kristin (dot) mchugh (at) dot (dot) wi (dot) gov

I know this is short notice, and it is unfortunate I only learned about this meeting moments ago. I plan to attend, and I certainly encourage Poky Pedalers to participate as well.

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