Fixing Milwaukee Notes: Economic development and replacement of the Hoan bridge

Economic Development (Growth) is key to any plan to shrink the Cream City Gap. More wealth means more options for all actors.

DoT has an idea:

An analysis his department had received in July builds a strong economic case for the roadway overhaul, including the prospect for construction valued at $5.7 billion on land around the current Hoan footprint and the creation of roughly 8,090 jobs through commercial development.

Significant new public amenities, including a marina, parks and bike and pedestrian paths, also could be created on and around the roughly 500 acres that would be opened by replacing the 2.5-mile bridge, according to the analysis prepared by the consulting firm HNTB.

“Not only does a reconfiguration of the roadway and resulting redevelopment make sense from a long-term maintenance perspective, it makes even more sense for Milwaukee and the state from an economic standpoint. The increased land values and possible tax base, as well as the public amenities that could be introduced, will certainly accomplish more public objectives than the reconstruction of the Hoan Bridge and I-794.”
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According to the HNTB analysis, it would cost $80 million less in the long term, through 2025, to replace the Hoan Bridge with a four-lane boulevard and a lift or bascule bridge over the Port of Milwaukee entrance. That estimate is based on the upfront construction and subsequent maintenance costs tied to the different alternatives.

The big money, however, is found in the development opportunities on land the HNTB study says is worth roughly $1 million an acre, even though it rests adjacent to the port and the Metropolitan Sewerage Treatment plant.

This sounds like a great idea. It should be fast tracked.

It is not like Milwaukee is going to suddenly grow more lakefront property another way.

I hope Milwaukee/Wisconsin politicians don’t drag it out to death like the public transportation fight where big chunks of federal money go unused do to politician foolishness.


Is the end of the Hoan brdige near?
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