Wisconn Valley News - March 16, 2018

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Project Status

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The Village of Mount Pleasant continues to make progress acquiring land for infrastructure improvements in accordance with state statutes for the Foxconn development project. The Village continues to consider offers from property owners.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held the public hearing for the City of Racine water diversion application last week. The DNR will continue to accept written public comments through March 21.

There will be a public hearing regarding air quality permits held by the Department of Natural Resources on April 3 at the iMet Center in Sturtevant. The hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

The I-94 North-South team held a Public Involvement Meeting (pictured above) on Thursday, March 15 at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall to share information on the local and development roads around the Foxconn development site. Approximately 300 people attended the meeting which also included information about the ongoing and planned work on I-94 North-South. Overall there was strong support for the improvements to I-94 to get fully underway and high levels of interest in the impacts that construction of the local roads may have on nearby residents and businesses. 

Road Updates

East Frontage

Work is picking up on the roadways in and around the Foxconn development site. Work started this week on the resurfacing of WIS 20 between I-94 and County H. In addition to resurfacing the roadway, there will be some base patching work along with work involving traffic signals, street lighting, beam guards, and pavement markings. The work is being done to help support the work getting underway on I-94 and to help handle traffic diversion associated with the construction of the Foxconn facilities. This project is set to be finished in May.

Mainline I-94 has preparatory work taking place that is setting the stage for the full reconstruction of I -94 in northern Kenosha County and the southern Racine County. This includes all of the Interstate near the Foxconn development site. The current work zone is impacting the southbound lanes with the outside lane closed off to traffic. There will be additional overnight closures and sporadic impacts to the northbound lanes. The prep work will be completed by late Spring allowing the full reconstruction work to begin.

Work on the east and west frontage roads is progressing well with work crews taking advantage of the improving weather. The reconstruction of the frontage roads is still on track for a late Spring completion. There will be some additional closures on the way for this project including shutting down Braun Road under I-94 for a number of weeks to complete some needed work. 

What's Next

Foxconn Impact on High Education

Colleges and Universities throughout the state are collaborating on support for advanced manufacturing and engineering career pathways supporting Foxconn. Gateway Technical College has developed new associate degrees in advanced manufacturing that focus on Industry 4.0 protocol. The new course offering will be provided to area high school student beginning the Fall of 2018 and align with the over 40 articulation agreements in engineering, information technology, and business management Gateway has with universities in Southeast Wisconsin.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Gateway Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Carthage College, and Marquette University have formed a higher education consortium to improve communications between colleges, employers, and government officials. The purpose is to build and strengthen opportunities for students to access the educational resources throughout the region.

Additional information can be discovered throughout Gateway Technical College's website.

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Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair

Vendors continue to sign up to assist individuals looking to launch a career in construction at the Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair. Attendees will be able to connect with these vendors and many more:

  • International Union Operating Engineers
  • WRTP/BIG STEP
  • ABC of Wisconsin
  • National Association of Minority Contractors
  • Gateway Technical College
  • North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  • Racine Workforce Solutions/YWCA
  • Goodwill Workforce Connections Center
  • Ironworkers Local 8
  • DWD Office of Veterans Employment Services
  • Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 118
  • Midwest Transportation Workforce Center
  • Employ Milwaukee
  • WWBIC

Check out the website for more information!

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Interesting Facts

  • Foxconn has facilities in Asia, Brazil, Europe, and Mexico. The Wisconsin facility will be its first significant investment in the United States.
  • All tax credits are "pay as they grow" which means Foxconn must create jobs and invest capital in Wisconsin before it is eligible for any tax incentives.
  • Tax incentives must be earned: Foxconn only earns the maximum amount of tax benefits, $2.85 billion, after investing $9 billion and creating and maintaining 13,000 jobs. 
  • Foxconn is the fourth-largest technology company in the world.

WisDOT Road Construction Bidding Opportunities

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) continues to collaborate with vendors to discuss bidding opportunities on upcoming work in the Wisconn Valley area and I-94 North-South Freeway in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties. These partnerships will allow for ideas to make the project better, faster and more cost-effective.

Watch for bidding opportunities on the following projects:

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.

Recent Announcements

From the News

Developers propose speculative industrial buildings to serve Foxconn suppliers

By Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Several large industrial buildings would be developed within roughly 12 miles of Foxconn Technology Group's planned manufacturing complex, with $20 million in local financing help, under a new proposal.

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State officials bring Foxconn proposition to Chippewa Valley business owners

By Sarah Seifert, Chippewa Herald

Over 19 Chippewa Valley businesses see potential in the $20 billion Foxconn Technology Group project slated to break ground on the other side of the state this spring.

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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.