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Announcement of rest stop expansion on I-90 brings federal highway boss to Sparta area



A busy interstate rest stop near Sparta is about to get much bigger.

State and federal highway officials gathered at the westbound I-90 wayside west of Sparta on Friday, to celebrate a grant of $8 million to rebuild and expand the rest area. The ceremony included remarks from Shailen Bhatt, the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt speaks at the Sparta rest stop off I-90 on Friday

On a typical day, more than 100 truck drivers reportedly keep going to another wayside down the road, when they can’t find an open parking space among the 16 spots at the Sparta location near mile 20.

Semi trucks will have more room to park after a major expansion at the I-90 wayside near Sparta

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving a grant to the Wisconsin DOT, to increase the number of spaces at the wayside to 70. The money would also be used to replace the restroom area, said to be one of the earliest that opened in Wisconsin during the early days of the interstate system, built originally in the 1950’s.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Marvelous

    February 23, 2024 at 10:16 pm

    $8 million. LOL

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