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Economic Impact of Highway 23 Expansion


Many people are excited about the future of Highway 23 between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties – after the approval of a Limited Scope Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision this week. Cecilia Harry from Envision Greater Fond du Lac says the project has just cleared a huge hurdle on the way to becoming reality. 

She explains “that formal study, which is critical to the success of any project like this, is recommending the four lane expansion between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties. So it’s excellent news. They are very confident they were able to address the concerns that were brought up in a lawsuit that halted progress not too long ago.”

Harry also tells us the expansion would make a huge impact on the economies on both ends of the road. 

She says “in terms of how important infrastructure is to connect commerce across communities and across regions – so that highway is a critical infrastructure piece from a transportation perspective. And it affects goods moving back and forth but also people moving back and forth. So it has to do with supply chain, and it also has to do with employment and where folks are willing to go for work.”

Harry adds that “this east-west road connecting us to the Sheboygan area is critical to a lot of businesses that way, and when you don’t have an infrastructure that supports commerce and people moving back and forth, it’s really going to negatively impact businesses decisions to continue to grow in that area.”

The plan would expand Highway 23 to a four-lane divided highway. It's expected to begin construction in Sheboygan County next summer and be finished in Fond du Lac in 2022. 

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