Just when you think that things couldn't get any nuttier when it comes to highway building in this state, you have this...
A leading contractor, HNTB, and WisDOT managing some how, some way, in unison, and in plain view to design, stage, build, inspect (we assumed) and open in 2008 the rebuilt, redesigned and award-winning $810 million Marquette Interchange - - a piece of which now has to be replaced right now because it is unsafe.
Seems the design and some pretty big parts are all wrong on one ramp that was closed last week, and which will eventually be under repair for four-to-five months, inconveniencing an estimated 15,000 drivers daily.
And the kicker?
We're told by HNTB, reports the Journal Sentinel's Tom Held, that the new/replaced/safe ramp will last 75 years.
Someone write that down and have their great-grand kids dust it off.
The Marquette Interchange opened in 1968, so it lasted 40 years, sort of.
The crumbling Hoan Bridge? It opened in 1977.