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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett against double-decker idea for I-94

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants Governor Scott Walker to scrap the idea of a double-decker stretch on Interstate 94.

Highway planners are studying a number of options to reduce congestion on the east-west part of the freeway. Officials say the freeway cannot get much wider, because three cemeteries and the Story Hill neighborhood are close by.

The Republican Walker says he won't support anything in which graves have to be moved. Otherwise, the governor is open to anything else.

The double-decker section would run for about a mile-and-a-half on I-94 from the Miller Park baseball stadium to the west. Mayor Barrett said he's "mystified" that Walker has not dropped the proposal.

A coalition that includes the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group told the state DOT this week it opposes an expansion of I-94. Group director Bruce Speight cited a national study from last year, showing that Milwaukeeans reduced their total driving by 20 percent from 2006 through 2011.

His coalition says road dollars would be better spent on improving city streets and other infrastructure.

Wednesday, Walker said he was not happy with the mayor's opposition to the double-deck idea. He said a smooth running transportation system is needed to improve the flow of business in and out of Milwaukee.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)