The Wisconsin Department of Transportation provides a weekly update on road construction in regions throughout the state. Only those counties with active projects are listed. Here are the updates as of December 8, 2006.
North Central Transportation Region — counties of Adams, Green Lake, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Oneida, Portage, Price, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood.
WIS 23 Location: WIS 73 west to Old Green Lake Road Schedule: June 13, 2006, to May 25, 2007 Cost: $4.2 million Description: Reconstruction of the highway. Work also includes: storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, and other related work. Traffic impact: Crews removed the detour on November 17, 2006. The remainder of the project will be completed spring 2007. Work will be done under traffic, no detour will be posted.
I-39/US 51 northbound Location: Wisconsin River Bridge Schedule: September 18 to November 2007 Cost: $4.5 million Description: Construction includes the addition of a third lane and maintenance work. Traffic impact: Northbound lane widths in the work zone are reduced to 11 feet in the vicinity of the Wisconsin River Bridge. The speed limit in the construction zone is reduced to 55 mph. Motorists may encounter delays and are encouraged to use caution in the work zone.
US 51/WIS 29 Location: Sherman Street to Bissell Street and the US 51/Bridge Street interchange Schedule: August 14 to November 2007 Cost: $27 million Description: Crews are reconstructing and widening the US 51/Bridge Street interchange. Related work includes: construction of a new, high-speed ramp from southbound US 51 to westbound WIS 29, improvement to the southbound WIS 52 entrance ramp to US 51, and reconstruction of auxiliary lanes between WIS 52 and Bridge Street. Traffic impact: US 51 traffic may be reduced to one lane in each direction during off-peak hours.
Ramp and roadway closures and blasting will occur throughout the duration of the project.
Motorists are encouraged to watch the message boards north and south of the interchange, which will be used to communicate closure dates and times.
Scheduled closures: US 51 traffic is open to two lanes in each direction on a temporary roadway at the Bridge Street interchange. US 51 will remain on this temporary roadway through summer 2007. The Bridge Street ramps to and from northbound US 51 are closed for the duration of the project. The Bridge Street ramps to and from southbound US 51 are closed until September 2007. Bridge Street — between 17th Avenue and Westwood Drive — is closed until September 2007.
Crews plan to close the freeway for blasting once a day on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. During blasting operations, crews stop traffic in both directions on US 51 near the Bridge Street interchange for approximately 20 minutes per blast. Blasting requires favorable weather conditions and is subject to change. If weather or other factors require activities to be postponed, blasting will occur the following morning at 9 a.m. In order to maximize safety for motorists — and to keep the project on schedule — it may be necessary to make some occasional adjustments in the blasting schedule. Adjustments in the work schedule will be updated weekly.
US 51/WIS 29 Location: Marathon County N to Sherman Street Schedule: April 2006 to September 2007 Cost: $8.9 million Description: Reconstruction of the freeway and the addition of a third lane. Traffic impact: Motorists can expect to encounter intermittent closures of the northbound and southbound lanes. Trucks are entering and exiting the highway from the traffic lanes. Minor delays can occur when lanes are closed during the daytime and motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.
US 51/WIS 29/WIS 52 Location: WIS 29 (44th Avenue to US 51); WIS 52 (US 51 to 18th Avenue); 28th Avenue (Stewart Avenue to Glendale Avenue) Schedule: April 10 to November 28, 2006 Cost: $13.2 million Description: Crews are replacing the current WIS 29 freeway with a four-lane urban section (future WIS 52) from 36th Avenue to US 51. Traffic impact: Trucks are entering and exiting the highway from the traffic lanes. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in the work zone.
US 51/WIS 29 east interchange Location: Fox Glove Road to Lily Lane Schedule: September 2005 to December 15, 2006 Cost: $18.6 million Description: Reconstruction of the US 51/WIS 29 east interchange. Crews completed work on the new structures and are working on completing the concrete paving. Traffic impact: Motorists can expect intermittent daytime, weekday lane closures. The remainder of the project will be completed spring 2007.
US 10 Location: Portage County J to Lake Road Schedule: September 21 to mid-November 2007 Cost: $11.4 million Description: Crews will construct a new four-lane divided highway. The following intersections with US 10 will be reconstructed: County K/Custer Road, Deer Road, County QQ, Smokey Road, Ridge Road, Sky View Road, and County SS. Traffic impact: US 10 remains open to traffic. Motorists can expect intermittent daytime lane closures. Local access to adjacent residences will be maintained. Crews will continue 24-hour operations. Crews are scheduled to suspend work mid-December. Work will resume spring 2007.
US 10 Location: Portage County E to Pinewood Drive Schedule: September 18, 2006, to September 2008 Cost: $23.4 million Description: Construction includes a new US 10 four-lane divided highway and a new bridge over the Wisconsin River. A boat landing will be built on River Road, west of the Wisconsin River. Traffic Impact: No impact to traffic. This project will be completed in a new location. Motorists on US 10 are advised to proceed with caution. Flagging operations will be in effect for trucks entering and exiting the highway.
Northeast Transportation Region — counties Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan, and Winnebago.
WIS 32 Location: Claude Allouez Bridge replacement in De Pere Schedule: July 17, 2006, to July 1, 2008 Length: 0.6 mile Cost: $22 million Location: The new Claude Allouez Bridge will be constructed on relocated WIS 32 just upstream of the Fox River Dam in De Pere. Approach roadway construction on the west side of the Fox River will be Third Street from Reid Street to Main Street, and on the east side of the river will be Broadway from Merrill Street to Cass Street. Description: This project will construct a new Claude Allouez Bridge over the Fox River in De Pere. The new pre-stressed concrete girder bridge will replace the existing steel truss bridge. The old bridge will be removed as part of the project. Approach roadways will be reconstructed. This work includes constructing concrete retaining walls, pavement removal, grading, storm sewer installation, base course, concrete pavement and sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signals, signing, and traffic control. Traffic impacts: Front Street is closed from Broadway along Wells Park to the new bridge-crossing site until mid-summer of 2007. Front Street is also closed from the new bridge crossing-site to the old bridge for approximately two weeks starting December 4. The Fox River State Recreational Trail is closed for the season. Broadway traffic is back to normal from George Street to Cass Street.
Maple Street — Oregon Bridge Schedule: October 2006 to September 2008 Cost: $30 million Location: Sturgeon Bay, across the ship channel Description: The project constructs a new double leaf bascule bridge over the Sturgeon Bay ship channel, connecting Maple Street and Oregon Street. Traffic impacts: There are no driving impacts associated with the project. There are no impacts to boating traffic in the ship canal at this time.
US 151 Schedule: May 15, 2006, to August 1, 2007 Length: 2.1 miles Cost: $15.6 million Location: US 151 from County D to WIS 175 Description: The project involves construction of a four-lane divided highway with controlled access on a new alignment, grade separated crossings with Hickory Street and the Canadian National Railroad, and a box culvert for the Wild Goose State Trail to pass under US 151. Traffic impacts: Traffic on the existing US 151 will not be impacted by this project. The Wild Goose State Park Trail is open to pedestrians, and Hickory Street has re-opened to through traffic.
Location: Michigan Avenue and County V bridges Schedule: September 11, 2006, to December 30, 2006 Length: 0.085 mile and 0.060 mile Cost: $724,000 Location: Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Manitowoc River in the town of Manitowoc Rapids and County V bridge over the West Twin River in the town of Kossuth. Description: Michigan Avenue: This project involves replacing the existing structure over the Manitowoc River along with minor road grading, asphalt paving and guard rail work. County V: This project involves the replacement of the bridge deck on the structure over the West Twin River along with minor road grading, asphalt paving and guard rail work. Traffic impacts: Michigan Avenue: Michigan Avenue is closed to traffic with the detour using US 10 (Waldo Blvd) and County R (Rapids Road). The bridge will open to traffic with temporary approaches in mid-December. Final roadwork will be completed in spring 2007.
County V: County V is closed between Lazy Acre Lane and East Shore Road, with the detour using County Q to WIS 310 to County B. The County V bridge is scheduled to open to traffic on Friday, December 8.
Location: WIS 96 Schedule: September 11, 2006, to July 2007 (construction suspended for winter from mid-October 2006 to May 2007) Cost: $1.4 million Location: WIS 96 from Midway Road to WIS 76 Description: The project involves concrete pavement repairs, diamond grinding of the existing road and asphalt shoulder replacement. Traffic impacts: WIS 96 will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, September 11, but local access will be maintained. The official detour route for WIS 96 will be US 45, US 10 and WIS 76.
Location: Wisconsin Street bridge Schedule: September 25, 2006, to mid-October 2008 Cost: $18.5 million Location: Wisconsin Street span over the Fox River in Oshkosh Description: This project replaces the current Wisconsin Street span with a four-lane lift bridge with pedestrian and bicycle access. Two intersections will also be reconstructed. Traffic impacts: Wisconsin Street is open to traffic. The sidewalk on the west side of the bridge will be closed to pedestrians until December 11. The sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will remain open.
Southwest Transportation Region — counties of Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Rock, Sauk, and Vernon.
I-39/90 Location: town of Pleasant Springs (Madison Safety and Weigh Facility on I-39/90) Length: 0.0 miles Description: Removing old and constructing new safety and weigh facility building along with adjacent parking and landscaping. New scales and weigh-in-motion systems will be installed at the building site and on I-39/90, US 51 and County N. Construction cost: $4.6 million Schedule: August 16, 2006, to May 15, 2007. Traffic impact: Occasional lane closures will occur.
WisDOT asks motorists to slow down and stay alert when driving through construction zones. To avoid delays, motorists are also encouraged to seek information about work zones and detours from the following sources:
Call (800) ROAD-WIS (762-3947) for statewide recorded road construction information 24 hours a day.
Visit statewide driving conditions and other travel-related information on WisDOT's website.