Friday, September 15, 2006

Doyle team to cheat on environmental reporting yet again?

It looks like Team Doyle is getting ready to once again size a major road project in order to get around federal requirements for a full environmental impact statement.

The gove, seeking the undisputed title of "road builders' water boy," will announce today that he wants to push ahead with Zoo Interchange reconstruction project well ahead of schedule, without having a clue as to where the money will come from.

The Journal Sentinel's Larry Sandler had the story, with this telling paragraph:

Still another factor was a downsizing of the project's scope. The planning commission had suggested packaging the Zoo Interchange work with the reconstruction of Highway 45 north to Germantown, which could have cost more than $900 million and required a detailed environmental study, Busalacchi said. By holding the northern boundary to North Ave. and limiting work in other directions, the state can spend less time and money on study and construction, he said.

This is the sneak-around the state used with the Marquette Interchange project.

Build a bigger freeway by adding several miles of lanes, and then deny it is bigger and insist that a full environmental review isn't necessary. It worked the first time, and it's working again for reconstruction of all the I-94 Interchanges in Racine and Kenosha Counties. Doyle is going for the hat trick here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's called segmentation - and its illegal. The DOT can't split up (segment) projects into smaller units just to avoid doing an environmental study, that if coupled together, would require an EIS.

Any lawyers want to take this on pro bono?