Wisconn Valley News - March 2, 2018


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Project Status

Land continues to be acquired in Mount Pleasant through generous offers to local property owners for the Foxconn project. The Village of Mount Pleasant has accepted offers for nearly 70 percent of the total Foxconn area. 

The Public Service Commission (PSC) determined the application from American Transmission Company for the Mount Pleasant Interconnection Project to be complete on Monday, February 26. The PSC must take final action on the application within 180 days from the date the application is determined to be complete. Additionally, on March 1, the Public Service Commission issued a Notice of Proceeding which opens the project for public participation. For more information about the project and regulatory review process, visit the PSC project page.

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Road Updates

Starting on March 5, motorists will begin to see some additional road impacts in and around the Foxconn development site. Work will get underway on County H which will necessitate a three-week full closure of the roadway between County KR and Braun Road. There will be extensive utility work performed by the American Transmission Company (ATC) that is being coordinated with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). 

Work continues along the West and East frontage roads along I-94 with good progress being seen even with some recent challenging weather conditions. Work will continue to ramp up further along this stretch of roadway with the preparations for the reconstructing the frontage roads well underway. 

The preparatory work on I-94 is anticipated to get started on March 7. This work will prepare the mainline for the eventual start of the full reconstruction and expansion of the freeway. The work zone is between WIS 142 and County G in Racine County. There will be one lane closed in the southbound direction. The prep work will be done by late Spring.


What's Next

On Wednesday, March 7 at 6 p.m., the Department of Natural Resources will hold a presentation and public hearing regarding the City of Racine water diversion application. The city has applied to the department for approval to divert up to an annual average of 7 million gallons of water a day to areas of the village of Mount Pleasant in the Mississippi River Basin. Currently, Waukesha diverts 8.2 million gallons daily from Lake Michigan, and the City of Milwaukee diverts 97 million gallons daily. In 2016, total statewide water withdrawals exceeded 1.88 trillion gallons, a decrease of about 6% compared to 2015.

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On March 29, the Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair will connect individuals with community resources to understand the skills needed to launch a career in construction. Interested vendors must register by visiting wisconnvalley.eventbrite.com.  


Interesting Facts

  • Milwaukee's WRTP/BIG STEP is opening a location in Racine on the campus of Gateway Technical College.
  • Plans are to begin recruiting candidates in March for pre-apprenticeship jobs in the construction field through Big Step. 
  • The Foxconn build-out is expected to bring 10,000 construction jobs to Racine County over the next four years
  • 275 students are expected to be served in the first year of the competency based GED program offered by Gateway Technical College, Racine Workforce Development Center, and YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, which will serve as an on ramp for entry level careers.

Foxconn Launches Wisconn Valley Innovation Center Website

WisconnValleyCenter.com was confirmed as Foxconn's official website for the Wisconn Valley Innovation Center. In February, the innovation center was announced to be a part of the development and opening of their Wisconsin headquarters at the former Northwestern Mutual building, also called the 611 Building.  

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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:

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.

Recent Announcements

Work to begin on I-94 in Racine and Kenosha Counties

I-94 North-South preparatory work expected to get underway March 7th

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) 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 work 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.

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Villages of Mount Pleasant, Caledonia and Racine County Reach Agreement on Water, Sanitary Sewer Improvement Costs

Mount Pleasant Tax Incremental District #5 to fund improvement costs 

MOUNT PLEASANT, WIS. – This week, the Racine County Board, Mount Pleasant Village Board and Caledonia Village Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding funding of capital costs associated with providing water service to Village of Mount Pleasant TID #5, which includes the Foxconn project area. Water service will be provided by the City of Racine.

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Village of Mount Pleasant Accepts Property Owner Offers for More Than 300 Acres of Land

More than a dozen offers from Mount Pleasant property owners approved

Village of Mount Pleasant, Wis. – Last night, the Village of Mount Pleasant Board of Trustees voted to accept offers from more than a dozen Village of Mount Pleasant property owners. The accepted offers are for a total of roughly 300 acres of land within the Foxconn project area.

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From the News

New investor to Racine area buys Johnson Insurance's Mount Pleasant office building

By: Sean Ryan, Milwaukee Business Journal

Nordic Realty Partners emerged as another new real estate investor in Racine County — post-Foxconn Technology Group — with the purchase of Johnson Insurance Services' office building in Mount Pleasant.

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Foxconn expected to kickstart mining in Twin Lakes

By: Jill Tatge-Rozell, Kenosha News

TWIN LAKES — The Foxconn ripple effect will reach Twin Lakes, where Thelen Sand and Gravel is preparing to begin mining operations to meet increased local demand.

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Illinois molding company moving operations to Kenosha, hoping to supply Foxconn

By: Patrick Leary, Milwaukee Business Journal

International Mold and Production LLC (IMAP), a 3-D printing and injection molding company based in Illinois, will relocate its operations to Kenosha primarily because of Foxconn Technology Group.

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