Growing pains torment northwest counties

By Sean Ryan

Quick growth in northwest Wisconsin is overwhelming Interstate 94 with traffic congestion that threatens development and irks highway commissioners.

The I-94 corridor between Eau Claire and the Twin Cities connects bedroom communities in Wisconsin to jobs in Minnesota. But the corridor has no public transit links.

Tim Ramberg, St. Croix County highway commissioner, said the Twin Cities have made northwest Wisconsin the fastest-growing region in the state, and the population has swamped the transportation system.

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