Emergency Closure of Marquette Interchange Ramp Causes Headaches and Heartburn
Thursday, September 02, 2010
A spokesman from the Wisconsin DOT and from HNTB, consulting engineers on the project, said at a press conference that the ramp is in no danger of falling down but the closure is being made for public safety. The DOT spokesman says the cracks are a result of a design flaw and that the entire cost of the repair will be bourne by the design firm. No one is venturing a guess as to how long the ramp will be closed.
The Marquette Interchange reopened to traffic on August 19, 2008, ahead of schedule, after being rebuilt over a period of four years. The "design flaw" is a major concern to the DOT, commuters and taxpayers.