Chamber fears Highway 100 project could kill businesses

Nov. 23, 2009

The Hales Corners Chamber of Commerce is the latest group to come out against the state Department of Transportation's plans to reconstruct Highway 100.

In a statement, the chamber said the proposed expansion "will undoubtedly have detrimental effects for all businesses and residents."

"The chamber views the proposed project as a no-win scenario," the statement says. "At its best, the construction will disrupt commerce and community life for a painstakingly expansive period. At its worst, many businesses will be forced to relocate and some establishments may be forced to close their doors permanently."

The DOT's plans call for the road to be widened in certain places along the corridor, which would mean the relocation of seven buildings, including the historic Bosch restaurant.

DOT project manager Vida Shaffer said in an earlier interview that additional lanes are needed along some stretches of Highway 100 because of increased traffic over the years.

But village officials have been critical of the state's plans, saying it would result in a loss of tax base and erase redevelopment efforts.

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