File photo: New overpass going up

A tractor, foreground, sweeps newly laid gravel alongside the east frontage road as construction work continues on a new overpass for northbound traffic on I-94 at the Highway KR intersection on Tuesday. Highway KR is slated to become a six-lane divided highway east of I-94. The work is part of the major highway upgrades required as part of the Foxconn campus development near the interchange.


The Racine County Board has overwhelmingly passed the resolution authorizing methods including eminent domain to acquire land for widening a 2.8-mile stretch of Highway KR, the Journal Times reports.

The 19-2 vote Tuesday night largely puts an end to months of back-and-forth between Mount Pleasant and Somers residents and Racine and Kenosha counties.

Kenosha County passed its own resolution with a 14-7 vote on April 16.

Both counties’ resolutions will now go to the state Department of Administration for final approval.

The project, funded by $59 million from the state Department of Transportation for design and construction, will widen the road from two to four lanes from 400 feet east of Highway H to just east of Old Green Bay Road while adding a 30- to 36-feet raised median, overpasses for the Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific railroads, a multiuse path, a turn lane and wider shoulders.

Land-acquisition costs will be taken on by the counties. Racine County’s land costs are estimated at $2.5 million, split between 2019 and 2020 with a further $125,000 for compensable utility costs.

About two dozen property owners on both sides of the highway stand to lose land to the revamped roadway, and five structures in Mount Pleasant are set to be torn down to make way for the Canadian Pacific Railroad overpass. The plat approved by the County Board calls for the acquisition of 18.25 acres of land.

County supervisors Fabi Maldonado and Melissa Kaprelian-Becker, both of Racine, voted against the Racine County resolution.