It's good news that the Marquette Interchange will come in under budget and a bit ahead of schedule.
Let's celebrate, even though we don't know how big those savings will be.
Construction did not shut down Downtown or hurt traffic flow much at all, which should prompt people to ask just how much WisDOT's longed-for wider freeways are needed.
The structure is still too big and expensive and, while its aesthetics have been praised by some drivers, it is a massive, shadow-throwing hunk of ugly to folks on the ground. Sorry, but huge concrete pillars like the kind holding up the Marquette just are not attractive. Of course, the thing was designed for freeway drivers -- anyone else is just in the way.
The design contract was still modified dozens of times, massively increasing the take-home pay for consultants HNTB and CH2M Hill and that web site still cost an outrageous $685,000.
And could it be, possibly, that the Marquette's cost estimates were a tad inflated from the get-go?