Business braces for impact of I-94 construction

The project to reconstruct and widen the North-South corridor of I-94 from the Mitchell Interchange to the Illinois State Line is expected to span several years.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the south segment of the project will run from Wisconsin 142 to Wisconsin 20.

As part of that road work, the Northbound on and off ramps to the exit at County Highway KR will close as soon as next week. They’re not scheduled to reopen until late fall.

That’s the exit commonly associated with Apple Holler in Sturtevant.

Owner Dave Flannery said the restaurant at Apple Holler is open year round, but the bulk of his business comes in between June and November.

“I would say we’re talking 80 percent of our business - maybe even closer to 90,” Flannery said. “So those six months each year are huge.”

Due to the Northbound exits closing, Flannery said Apple Holler will be placing extra signage around the area to advertise that it remains open during construction.

He said the business will also use social media to get the message out.

“It’ll make life a little more interesting and a bit of a challenge, but I think we’ll come through it just fine,” Flannery said.

He said he believes the repairs to I-94 are needed.

“Once we get through it, I think this is going to be a real good thing for everybody,” Flannery said.

A similar closure of the on and off ramps to Highway KR from the Southbound lanes of I-94 is expected to happen next year.

According to the DOT’s website, the closure of the ramps to and from the southbound lanes will run from spring 2019 to mid-fall 2019.

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