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DOT: Price tag for new Milwaukee rail concourse jumps to $23.5M

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - It will cost taxpayers more than expected for a new rail concourse at Milwaukee's intermodal transportation system.  

The state DOT said Monday that the total price tag went up from almost $19 million to about $23.5 million.  

Higher construction costs were blamed -- along with additional costs for design and engineering work.

The Milwaukee station serves Amtrak and freight lines that go through the city. The project includes a new roof, escalators and elevators for passengers to reach various boarding platforms, and an improved pedestrian tunnel for emergencies.  

The state is picking up $12 million dollars for the project, and the federal government $11 million.

Construction is expected to begin sometime this summer. The changes are required by the Federal Railroad Administration.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)