Ribbon cutting marks opening of Highway 10/441- I-41 interchange ramps

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FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WBAY)- A ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon in Fox Crossing to mark the completion of two major ramps tied to the I-41 interchange with Highway 10/441.

Drivers can go in directions now- they couldn't before.

Whether it's traveling east on Highway 10/441, and trying to go north on I-41--- or heading north on I-41 and trying to go west on Highway 10/441 drivers now are noticing a big change.

Gil Hill of Pine River said,"I think it's outstanding. It's way too long coming. I'm originally from Neenah, and I know the history on that whole thing and it was never planned to be that way and now it is so it's fantastic they're doing it."

The opening of two major ramps--- which did not exist before has been a project local officials have lobbied the state, decades for.

Many were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the occasion which included the governor.

"Just talking to the fire and police folks here you look at this and this has always been a concern not having access just from an emergency standpoint. That alone is incredibly worth it," said Governor Scott Walker.

Walker added that the ramps were completed a year ahead of schedule at a cost savings of $10 million dollars.

Being able to travel the interchange, and move in any direction is expected to grow business to the west.

Dennis Jochman works in commercial real estate sales.

"We're seeing already the Community First building, Secura building out in Fox Crossing. There's a lot of attention to the lands we have out in the Town of Clayton all along Highway 10. Highway 10 corridor is going to grow probably all the way to Fremont eventually," said Jochman of the Bechard Group, INC.

Overall the project still has some work to be done.

Drivers can expect to see orange cones out thru November.