Zoo Interchange shutdown inspires fears for system

By Dave Umhoefer and Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel

The emergency shutdown of the heavily traveled northbound U.S. Highway 45 bridge through the Zoo Interchange could presage problems with other interchanges and spans unless Wisconsin gets its act together, two Assembly Transportation Committee members said Sunday.

“Everybody needs to go back to the drawing board and decide what our priorities are right now,” said Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee). “We could end up like Detroit. It’s a possibility. We’re all concerned about it.”

One of her Republican colleagues, Rep. Jeff Stone of Greendale, predicted more failures in the southeast region if state government can’t figure out a way to finance expensive and timely repairs.

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