Advocates condemn approval of I-94 expansion


March 8, 2024


Contact: Cassie Steiner, (262) 930-3963


*Press Release*

Advocates condemn approval of I-94 expansion

The project is currently under review for Civil Rights violation


Milwaukee, Wis. – Today the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) announced that the expansion of I-94 in Milwaukee received federal approval (formally called a Record of Decision or ROD). In response, Sierra Club - Wisconsin Chapter Campaign Coordinator Cassie Steiner issued the following statement:

"It is extremely disappointing that the Federal Highway Administration issued a ROD on a project that is currently under investigation for Civil Rights violation. The expansion of I-94 has received opposition from racial justice, religious, environmental, public health and transportation advocacy organizations for more than a decade, and all of those concerns are still true. Expanding this segment of highway will increase greenhouse gas emissions, cost taxpayers more than a billion dollars, increase air and water pollution especially for neighboring communities, and will almost certainly make congestion worse and car crashes deadlier.

It is also disappointing to see the continued lack of transparency in this process. Announcing a decision on a project on a Friday afternoon, prior to publishing the final required documents (the FEIS) and without alerting stakeholders, is not the way that our government agencies should make or announce decisions.

Because the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will not be publicly available until next week, we do not know the details of the project beyond what WISDOT included in its press release. After analysis of the FEIS, we will be considering our options. We remain opposed to expansion of massive highway infrastructure, and we are committed to pushing for a thorough civil rights investigation.”



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