Wisconn Valley News - February 16, 2018

Project Status

The first resource fair for construction employees was announced this week.  It will be held on March 29 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at Festival Hall in Racine.  At the fair, current and potential construction workers will receive information to understand the opportunities and qualifications associated with the project.  Interested individuals will also be able to connect with additional resources to assist them with becoming fully qualified for opportunities when they become available.  Questions regarding the resource fair can be directed to Rosalind Roberson, Rosalind.Roberson@dot.wi.gov or (414) 438-4583.

Permitting is moving along and is on track for the Foxconn project.  A spring groundbreaking is anticipated for the project.  

Public infrastructure projects are in their final design stage.  A new public infrastructure construction signup page was announced this week.  If you want to be notified about public infrastructure construction updates, including state and local roads, water mains, and sewer mains, be sure to sign up for the alerts.

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Road Updates


Closures already in place remain in effect along the west frontage road just south of Braun Road.  There will be a new closure on the east frontage road, just south of Braun Road beginning on or around February 26. The lane closure along County Highway H will continue to be in place with a flagger controlling traffic until the week of March 5 when the road will be fully closed to allow for extensive utility work to be completed. The only other major impact in the area will be the closure of the park and ride lot on WIS 11, which will be closed beginning on February 26. 

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What's Next

Announced earlier this week, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and regional economic development organizations will host informational sessions for construction contractors.  These sessions will provide potential subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors with details on how they may be able to support the Foxconn construction project.  Sessions are being planned in Appleton, Eagle River, Eau Claire, Janesville, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Platteville, Superior, and Wausau.  Exact dates and locations will be shared in future editions of Wisconn Valley News, and will be posted on the events page of wisconnvalley.wi.gov.

Work is underway to develop a procurement plan for the Foxconn project.  Details on this plan will be shared as they become available.

Interesting Facts

  • Wisconsin's Foxconn campus will have the entire process from raw material all the way to finished product.
  • The Foxconn project will support 10,000 construction jobs over the next four years, as well as 6,000 indirect jobs from the construction.
  • Capital investment during construction is expected to generate about $330 million in state tax revenues.
  • Of Foxconn's capital investment of up to $10 billion, an estimated $5.7 billion will be for construction and equipment sourced from Wisconsin businesses.

WisDOT Road Construction Bidding Opportunities

WisDOT Construction Workshop

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) recently hosted a contractor workshop to discuss bidding opportunities on upcoming work in the Wisconn Valley area and I-94 North-South Freeway in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties. Workshops were well attended and will allow for ideas to make the project better, faster and more cost-effective.

Watch for bidding opportunities on the following projects:

Racine County Development Roads construction projects:

County H and County A

When: Estimated LET March 13, 2018

What: Milling and resurfacing of County H from County KR to WIS 20 and from County A to County KR. Resurfacing of County A (7th Street) from the East Frontage Road to County H.

Construction timeline: April 2018 to June 2018

I-94 North-South Freeway construction projects*:

I-94 Southern Package (WIS 142 to WIS 20)

When: Estimated LET April 3, 2018

What: 6.5-mile freeway reconstruction and expansion project, includes reconstructing interchanges at County E, County KR and WIS 11. Work includes drainage, grading, paving, traffic signals and structures.

Construction timeline: May 2018 to November 2019

I-94 Central Package (WIS 20 to County G)

When: Estimated LET April 10, 2018

What: 4.5-mile freeway reconstruction and expansion project, includes reconstructing the interchange at County K.  Work includes drainage, grading, paving, traffic signals and structures.

Construction timeline: May 2018 to November 2019

*Subject to funding/INFRA Grant 

Construction timelines are estimates and are subject to change.

Visit wisconsindot.gov for more information and documents to bid on Wisconsin highway projects.

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Recent Announcements

Governor Walker Announces New State Website: wisconnvalley.wi.gov to Provide Updates on Foxconn's Historic Investment in Wisconsin

The first resource fair for construction employees will be held in March

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced the state has launched a new website –wisconnvalley.wi.gov – that provides residents and businesses with the latest information about the Foxconn Technology Group's historic investment in Wisconsin. 

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Wisconsin's Foxconn Bonus: Foxconn Purchases Building in Downtown Milwaukee from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

Foxconn's investment is above and beyond company's commitment to $10 billion investment in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE – Governor Scott Walker joined Foxconn Technology Group and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. (Northwestern Mutual) business leaders today to formally announce Foxconn's purchase of a seven-story building in downtown Milwaukee from Northwestern Mutual. The building will serve as the headquarters for its operations in Wisconsin and the Wisconn Valley Innovation Center. The investment in this building by Foxconn comes on top of the agreement reached between the company and the State of Wisconsin as it is independent of any state incentives.

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From the News

Foxconn impact outlined in Whitewater

By: Chris Welch, Daily Jefferson County Union

WHITEWATER — The potential impact of the Foxconn Technology Group facility to be built in Racine County was the topic at the annual Greater Whitewater Committee meeting Thursday, held at the 841 Brewhouse.

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Foxconn's downtown Milwaukee office aims to help draw and keep younger workers

By: Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

Foxconn Technology Group's decision to buy a Milwaukee office building marks yet another business coming to the downtown area, where it can better recruit and keep younger employees.

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The Wisconn Valley News is published every other week and designed to keep interested individuals up to date on Foxconn construction plans, infrastructure improvements, traffic pattern updates, and more.  Local elected officials, suppliers, contractors and members of the public are encouraged to turn to the Wisconn Valley News for the latest project status, road updates, next steps, and interesting facts.  When appropriate, special bulletins will also be distributed to ensure the most timely information possible.


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