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Ask NOW: Why isn't the wall at the Greenfield Ave. bridge finished?

An unfinished wall next to the bridge on Interstate 894 at Greenfield Avenue generated a question from one of our readers. The wall will not be completed any time soon.

An unfinished wall next to the bridge on Interstate 894 at Greenfield Avenue generated a question from one of our readers. The wall will not be completed any time soon.

Jan. 24, 2014

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Why isn't the wall finished at the Greenfield Avenue expressway bridge?

Issue:A reader, pointing out "This is not in Tosa, but certainly something everyone in the area cares about," asked why the east wall of westbound Interstate 894 at the Greenfield Avenue bridge has not been completed along with the rest of the construction.

"Everything else looks complete," she wrote. "It's been months since it (the bridge) reopened."

Status: The unfinished construction is by design as are other unfinished pieces of I-894 work leading up to the complete redesign of the Zoo Interchange, state Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Pyritz said.

"The Greenfield Avenue bridge was one of the first ancillary projects leading up to the Zoo Interchange," Pyritz said. "What's happening is that roads leading to that interchange are still going through a process of design and reconstruction. That means some pieces are being built for functionality. We don't want to finish construction of those things only to tear them down and rebuild. That would not be the best use of dollars spent."

Pyritz suggested those wanting more information regarding the current details and the future plans of the Zoo Interchange project should go to the DOT website, www.dot.state.wi.us and click on "Plans and Projects" and then "Southeast Region."

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