I-94 EB zipper merge to be taken down by next Wednesday

All 3 lanes of the freeway will re-open
Posted at 10:17 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 13:08:19-05
The I-94 eastbound "zipper merge" at the Waukesha/Milwaukee County line will be gone by Wednesday, November 23, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  All three lanes of I-94 eastbound, from Sunnyslope Road to WIS 100, will re-open that date.
With this re-opening, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the following changes will also take place:
  • I-94 East decision point for WIS 100 will move further back to the east.
  • The decision point for the new I-94 East to I-41/894 South system ramp will be 3/4 mile earlier than its existing decision point.
  • WIS 100 entrance ramp will be open to I-41/894 South only.
Since March, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has restricted eastbound I-94 traffic to two lanes. The lane reduction has resulted in massive traffic back-ups west of the closure.
The zipper merge was added to help push more traffic through the lane closures, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation told TODAY'S TMJ4 when it was put in place.
This project was part of the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project, which began in 2013. The $1.7 billion project is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
For more information on Zoo Interchange construction, click here.