Monday, May 15, 2006

Harris on the Proposed 41/G Interchange

Here is the story from today's Northwestern.

A new U.S. Highway 41 interchange between Oshkosh and Neenah deserves serious study and an $80,000 dose of county support given its potential to bolster growth and jobs and untangle traffic jams, County Executive Mark Harris said.

Harris said he is "very much pushing" for the county to kick in $80,000 for such a study to match $80,000 the city of Neenah has already approved for it. For now, the county and Neenah are targeting County Trunk G as the location for what is estimated to be a $17 to $18 million interchange.

"The issue is that it's going to be harder and harder to get federal and state money for projects, and if the opportunity comes up and we don't have a study in hand that explains where the interchange should be and it's need, we'll miss out," Harris said. "If we have any hope of getting an additional exit along that stretch of 41, we need to have a study in hand."


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