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Construction conundrum in Hales Corners causing commuter headaches

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 16:33:20-04

HALES CORNERS -- Construction near Highway 100 and Forest Home Avenue has everyone in the area seeing orange. Crews broke ground on a new project today that is expected to cause a lot of backups until the fall. 

“It’s difficult. It’s hard to get anywhere on Highway 100 and then with Forest Home and Janesville closing it’s going to be impossible to get anywhere around here," Josh Hochtritt said. 

Unfortunately, for Hochtritt, he lives smack dab in the middle of all the mess and what used to be an eight-minute drive to work now takes him about 30 minutes, and aside from that, he said there’s a lot of confusion amongst other drivers while on his commute. 

"You’ve got a lot of people stopping where they’re not supposed to trying to turn," Hochtritt said. 

"That’s causing new backups, and it’s just not fun," he continued. 

The goal of all this multi-million dollar project is to convert the intersection of Forest Home and Janesville Road into a roundabout —and according to the department of transportation, it’s going to take about 90 days to make that happen. But prior to this, crews were already busy working to reconstruct Highway 100 and lanes have been reduced for months. Businesses in the area have stayed open, but Tony Pickens who lives in Greenfield said traveling throughout this area is nothing short of tricky. 

“It sucks to be honest with you, it really does, it’s a big headache," Tony Pickens said.