The chances of a new I-94 interchange being built at Drexel Ave. in Oak Creek remain in question after the common councils in Oak Creek and Franklin took no action on related proposals Tuesday.
The state Department of Transportation requires that 50% of the cost of new interchanges be covered by local money. And it has set a deadline of May 1 for a local money commitment in order for an interchange at Drexel to be considered.
A resolution presented to the Oak Creek Common Council on Tuesday would commit the city to contributing $3.75 million toward the cost of the interchange itself, plus $650,000 for lighting on Drexel Ave. and on S. 27th St. as well as making changes in city utilities.
The council took no action on the resolution, but could schedule a special meeting for as soon as Monday to discuss it, Ald. Steve Scaffidi said Wednesday.
The Franklin Common Council deadlocked on a proposal made by Ald. Steve Olson. Olson proposed that Franklin pay for $500,000 in lighting improvements on S. 27th St. that normally would be the obligation of the DOT if the DOT built the Drexel interchange and required no money from Franklin for the interchange.
The council did direct Mayor Tom Taylor to continue any negotiations with Oak Creek and the DOT over the interchange cost.
The DOT initially said the interchange would cost $15 million, but has since reduced its estimate to $12.9 million.
A pledge of $1.6 million from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, which has a large office complex in Franklin, also is part of the local money that could be tapped.