The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Regional office in Madison has begun preliminary engineering design for completing a four lane WIS 26 bypass around Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County. The proposed improvements are part of the overall plan for expanding WIS 26 to a four-lane highway between Janesville and Watertown.
The approximate 6-mile project extends from the bypass interchange at Business 26 (Janesville Avenue) south of Fort Atkinson through the Banker Road area north of the city. Two driving lanes and a median will be added to the existing two-lane bypass. The completed four-lane facility will be a freeway with access only from the interchanges at Business 26 south and north of the city, WIS 106 and US 12. Bridges will be constructed over Hoard Road and Banker Road to provide through travel over WIS 26.
The current schedule calls for completion of the preliminary engineering plans in late fall 2007, real estate acquisition in 2008/2009 and construction in 2010 through 2011. There will be public information meetings, periodic news releases and meetings with local officials to keep interested persons informed about the project.
Field survey will begin soon and will continue into 2007. Survey crews will be in the area to gather detailed information on property lines, drainage, topography and other features that will be used to develop the roadway plans.
Environmental project team members will also be in the field to collect information on archaeological sites, potential hazardous materials and other resources. These activities will require work on or adjacent to private properties. Cooperation in allowing survey crews and other project team members to enter private land will be greatly appreciated.