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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is currently studying ways to relieve congestion in the I-39/90/94 corridor east and north of Madison. Three of the five options under
consideration would severely affect Goose Pond Sanctuary.
The most destructive options involve construction of a new section of interstate highwayrunning east of DeForest and Arlington, through Goose Pond Sanctuary at AnkenbrandtPrairie, and rejoining the existing interstate corridor near the Wisconsin River. In addition todestroying and fragmenting prairie habitat, including habitat for the endangered silphiumborer moth and other threatened grassland species, the new highway would bring noise, light, air, and water pollution to the sanctuary, and would severely detract from public enjoyment ofone of our area’s premier birding hotspots.
While construction won’t begin until 2025 or later, a decision on a preferred option is expected by this summer. We are hopeful, for a variety of economic, social, and environmental reasons, that DOT will elect to confine any capacity expansion to the existing interstate corridor ratherthan create a new roadway. Nonetheless, to assure this outcome, it is crucial that everyonewho loves Goose Pond let DOT know that any new route through or near Goose Pond Sanctuary will pass through a minefield of public opposition.
What can you do to help?
- Learn more about the study.
- Email the DOT project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your opposition and why.
- Visit the project's Public Involvement page to sign up for project updates, find and attend Public Involvement Meetings and hearings, and submit your comments to their survey.