Wis. project will alleviate rail traffic in Milwaukee

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Eleven Hopedale residents have managed to put a land agreement with a short line railroader on pause.

A rail project in Muskego, Wis., is now up for public debate. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the Muskego Yard Freight Rail Bypass project, which will upgrade rail operations through the Canadian Pacific Railway railroad corridor in Milwaukee. The project also will help with Amtrak Hiawatha service expansion in the future.

The $54.6 million project involves constructing a new double-track mainline to increase yard capacity and efficiency. Signals, existing tracks and bridges also will be improved.

When complete, most of the freight traffic that now goes through the Milwaukee Intermodal Station will be removed, and rail traffic will no longer use several street-level crossings in the downtown area.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation received a $26.6 million Federal Railroad Administration Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant. The agency and Amtrak will provide the matching funds.

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