Zipper merge coming to I-94 south in Racine County

RACINE COUNTY (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Department of Transportation is planning to begin work to reconstruct the remaining portions of I-94 as a part of the I-94 North-South project. The preparatory work will begin on the shoulders, add temporary roadway widening, install traffic crossover locations along with drainage improvements to the area.

The work will take place between County G in Racine County and WIS 142 in Kenosha County.

When the work begins, I-94 south at County G will be reduced from three to two lanes. A zipper merge will be put in place with signage reminding motorists to use all three lanes up to the lane drop area in which signs will be positioned reminding drivers to alternate at that spot to merge into the work zone.

Northbound lanes at WIS 142 will only see off peak closures during the early stages of this project. Three lanes will remain open northbound during peak travel times. There will be overnight closures of on and off ramps within the project limits.

The start of the construction is dependent on the weather. The project is expected to finish by late this Spring. The project will cost $14.4 million.

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