WisDOT preparing to open two major Zoo Interchange system ramps – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids – Wisconsin News

WisDOT preparing to open two major Zoo Interchange system ramps – The Daily Reporter – WI Construction News & Bids – Wisconsin News

Mike Burns, a construction project manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, looks over the Zoo Interchange project while standing atop a connector ramp on Friday. The ramp, which is scheduled to open next week, will connect traffic from eastbound Interstate 94 to northbound Interstate 41. (Staff photos by Kevin Harnack)

Navigating the Zoo Interchange will be much easier during the Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the scheduled opening of two system ramps.

Department officials said they are on track to open the ramp connecting eastbound Interstate 94 to northbound Interstate 41 on Wednesday. A day later, the ramp connecting southbound Interstate 41 with the eastbound lanes of I-94, as well as the Wisconsin Avenue bridge going over I-41, will open.

The three openings will come as the most significant milestones reached this season amid work on the Zoo Interchange’s second core phase — a $300 million, three-year project.

“This is a big milestone for this project to get these ramps open,” Jason Roselle, WisDOT construction supervisor, said on Friday atop the interchange’s ramp linking I-94 east to I-41 north.

Work on the Zoo Interchange project’s first core phase — a nearly $200 million let — wrapped up in June last year. The second phase is expected to be complete by late summer 2018.

Freeway traffic and the Milwaukee skyline are visible on the horizon from atop a connector ramp between Interstate 94 and Interstate 41 in the Zoo Interchange on Friday. WisDOT is scheduled to open two ramps this week as the massive project hits more milestones. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Freeway traffic and the Milwaukee skyline are visible on the horizon from atop a connector ramp between Interstate 94 and Interstate 41 in the Zoo Interchange on Friday. WisDOT is scheduled to open two ramps next week as the massive project hits more milestones.

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