Local leaders are pushing for a six mile stretch of I-41 to be expanded from four lanes to six.
If approved by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, construction would take place between Highway 15 and Highway 441 North in the Fox Valley. The DOT will need to study the stretch of interstate to get a cost estimate.
Representative Dave Murphy (R-Greenville), has shown support for upgrading the interstate, saying,
The six mile stretch of freeway on the north side of Appleton is one of the worst in pavement quality, congestion, and crashes.
As the road curves and reduces from six to four lanes, drivers are placed in significant danger.
Year by year, crashes have continued to increase.
Murphy hopes I-41 will one day have six lanes running all the way from Appleton Green Bay. Back in July, the Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the DOT do just that. Currently, I-41 is only four lanes running between Highway 15 in the Fox Valley and Scheuring Road in De Pere.
The Governor also lent his support for the project.