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I-43-County Y interchange work completed in Waukesha County

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Here is an update from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) for the I-43 /County Y intersection:

Release date:  Nov. 2, 2009

For immediate release


For more information, contact:

Dennis A. Shook, Regional Communications Manager

(414) 750-2395 or



I-43-County Y interchange work completed in Waukesha County


The I-43/County Y intersection is scheduled to reopen Wednesday, Nov. 4,, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced.


The work, which began in May, reconstructed County Y (Racine Avenue) from W. College Avenue to Julius Heil Drive, reconstructed the freeway on/off ramps, re-decked the County Y bridge over I-43, and replaced the existing traffic signals at ramp termini on County Y with roundabouts.


There are many benefits for improving such an intersection with a roundabout.  Roundabouts will increase safety.  Studies show that the chance of a fatal crash in a roundabout is almost non-existent and serious injury crashes are substantially reduced. 


WisDOT's experience with other roundabouts in Wisconsin has shown that citizen approval increases dramatically once roundabouts are built and motorists become familiar with them and the benefits they provide.


As transportation professionals, it is WisDOT’s responsibility to provide safer and more efficient transportation systems, including intersections, to serve and protect the traveling public.  WisDOT not only addresses current issues but also takes a pro-active approach in improving traffic infrastructure, based on projected future needs.  


Motorists seeking more information should visit the WisDOT Roundabout Web site: .


The project was done at the same as the Waukesha County project along County Y, from Julius Heil Drive to Pinewood Drive, including the County ES and County Y intersection, which will also be open.

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