MILWAUKEE, Wis. – On November 11th, WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson announced that the state
selected an eight-lane expansion as the preferred alternative for the I-94 East-West project. The
Coalition for More Responsible Transportation (CMRT) strongly opposes this selection, which will
perpetuate the negative impacts of highway expansions on Communities of Color, will make it even
harder to reach our climate change goals, and will not reverse decades of disinvestment in public
transportation, walking and biking infrastructure in Milwaukee.

CMRT continues to advocate for the Fix at Six plan, which would shift investments to more pressing
transportation needs, which would better meet the current and future needs of Milwaukeans and
Wisconsinites. Fix at Six would address the safety and operational concerns of the corridor but, rather
than expanding it, it would invest in more pressing transportation needs such as road repair and bus
rapid transit (BRT) expansion along National Avenue and 27th Street.

Members of this coalition released the following statements:
“MICAH is a non-profit association of inner-city congregations with a faith commitment to social
justice. Its work includes an effort to connect its congregation and community members—mostly
people of color—and enable them to access employment,” said Lisa Jone, Executive Director and
Lead Organizer at Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH). “In that vein,
MICAH has long advocated against urban highways that have divided and burdened inner-city
Milwaukee. We support the Fix at Six alternative as an equitable way forward for the I-94

“The proposed I-94 highway expansion would increase polluted stormwater runoff to the Menomonee
River and several creeks to the west and increase flow to the combined sewers to the east, adding to
the likelihood of sewage overflows during severe wet weather,” said Cheryl Nenn, Riverkeeper for
Milwaukee Riverkeeper. “We need the Fix at Six alternative, which would reconstruct the highway in
the existing footprint. We also need more funding for stormwater management and protection of
natural areas and waterways in this highway corridor–not to further degrade them.”

“WisDOT’s preferred alternative expands the highway corridor by 42 to 49 acres,” said environmental
attorney Dennis Grzezinski. “The last thing that Milwaukee needs is a lot more impervious surface,
which will only increase existing flooding problems.”

“An eight-lane expansion would exacerbate environmental injustice by encouraging more polluting
traffic, degrading air quality, contributing to climate change and trapping more heat in the central part
of the city,” said Tony Wilkin Gibart, executive director of Midwest Environmental Advocates.
“It is a mistake to be expanding highways in Milwaukee while MCTS faces an upcoming fiscal cliff,” said
Gregg May, Transportation Policy Director for 1000 Friends of Wisconsin. “To consider committing
more than a billion dollars to an expansion project like this, which will divert funds away from
crumbling local infrastructure, and disproportionately impact people of color — is dangerous and
irresponsible. We implore WisDOT to reconsider expansion and to explore long-term transit funding
opportunities and to use remediation dollars to fund BRT capital expansion projects along National
Avenue and 27th Street.”

“It is unacceptable that WISDOT has ignored the calls of thousands of Wisconsinites to fix the highway
at six lanes and instead decided to move forward with an eight-lane proposal,” stated Elizabeth Ward,
Director of Sierra Club Wisconsin Chapter, “this proposal will increase water and climate pollution,
health problems, racial disparities, and more. WISDOT needs to reconsider and move forward with a
Fix at Six solution.”

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