April 25 2012
Yesterday, polls were open in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island for the republican presidential primary. Former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney swept all five states. Romney said, “The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do.” Now as far as Newt Gingrich, he did hold on to some hope for the tiny state of Delaware because he has spent most of his time there. Gingrich recently told NBC that he would “reassess” his campaign depending on how he finishes in Delaware.
The Department of Transportation announced that the Becher Street on-ramp to northbound I-43 and I-94 is to reopen today. State officials had to shut down the ramp back in March after a bridge inspection showed “serious deterioration” of two supporting pillars. Workers had to demolish the bridge, fill in the site and pave it over with asphalt, then assembled a new ramp within a month time frame. The cost ended up being about half the original estimate, at $415,000.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was sworn in for a second term during a ceremony yesterday. Abele was elected without opposition to a four-year term in the April election. During his speech outside the courthouse, Abele talked about his priority on development within the Park East Freeway site, his efforts at improving efficiencies in county services, and his hope for more civility in local politics. Abele was first elected in a special election in 2011 to fill the remaining year in Gov. Walker’s County Exec term.
Tonight the public is invited to attend an open house and informational meeting regarding the Hoan Bridge. State Transportation Officials are conducting an analysis and preliminary structural design in anticipation for the rebuilding of the bridge. The open house will show the latest details – including the installation of a new deck and the replacement of interchange structures. The rehabilitation project of the Hoan and 794 Lake Interchange will start next year and continue until at least 2016. The open house runs from 5 to 7 at the transportation department’s office.
The Semi-Annual Bon-Ton Stores Goodwill Sale collected roughly three million pounds of clothing and textiles this spring. The donations have an estimated value of $17 million, and they will now be sold in Goodwill stores. The revenue will be used to fund job training programs and community services, such as financial education, youth mentoring, tax preparation and transportation in towns where goodwill is located. Bon-Ton is the parent company of the Boston Stores and its headquarters are here in Milwaukee and York, Pennsylvania.
The Milwaukee County Transit System is looking for the public’s feedback regarding the recent changes to local routes. MCTS was originally faced with a major loss of funding, but was then awarded a two-year grant from the Federal Government to create the express service route. The grant essentially allowed MCTS to keep several routes from being eliminated, but it did require some routes to be changed. MCTS wants to know what the public thinks of those routes and the express route, so they can improve service to Milwaukee riders in the future.