Governor Jim Doyle has announced that the 28 mile stretch of I-94 near Johnson Creek that has been closed since last week will reopen at 2:15 p.m. Friday, June 20. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is making this possible by the construction of crossovers near the Rock and Crawfish Rivers allowing for one lane of westbound traffic and one lane of eastbound traffic along a five-mile stretch of freeway.
The crossover stretch is between Johnson Creek and Lake Mills and the bidirectional lanes of traffic will be separated by median wands.
"Reopening traffic along this route is critical for Wisconsin's economy," says Doyle in a press statement. "We are committed to rebuilding from these record-setting floods and assisting communities across the state that have been hit hard."
The crossover will provide a more direct alternative than the current detour which takes traffic down I-43 to Beloit and back north to Madison using I-90/39. Speeds in the crossover section will be reduced to 55 mph throughout the corridor, with further reductions to 45 mph at the crossovers. Enhanced enforcement by the Wisconsin State Patrol will be in place to ensure compliance.
WisDOT expects the crossovers to be in use until flood waters recede and the westbound bridges are deemed safe for travel.