MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state of Wisconsin and Milwaukee community organizations that filed a lawsuit related to the reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange have reached a settlement.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced Monday that the state will pay $13.5 million for additional bus routes and other services to alleviate congestion under the deal reached through court-sponsored mediation.
The federal lawsuit was filed in 2012 by Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope.
The groups alleged that state and federal transportation officials were discriminating against urban minorities by not including public transit improvements in the $1.7 billion project.
The interchange includes the crossroads of Interstate-94, I-894 and U.S. Highway 45. Work is to begin next year and last through the end of 2018.