Dems demand more commitment to Hoan Bridge

    Two Milwaukee-area Democrats are complaining that the state’s plan to re-deck the Hoan Bridge later this fall does not go far enough in answering long-term questions about the structure’s future.
    Sen. Jeff Plale of South Milwaukee and Rep. Christine Sinicki of Milwaukee, whose request to divert federal high-speed rail funds for more comprehensive repairs to the bridge was rebuffed, said in a statement they are "cautiously optimistic" about the plan.
    "However, we hope that this action will be accompanied by a comprehensive plan to repair the bridge and keep it in its current footprint," the lawmakers added.
    Milwaukee County Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Chris Larson and Patricia Jursik said in a joint statement that while “this action is not a full replacement of the bridge deck, we welcome this move and thank Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi for taking a positive first step to preserve this vital link for our communities."


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