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North Central Region weekly construction update

August 29, 2014

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is providing a weekly update on road construction in North Central Wisconsin, which includes the counties of Adams, Florence, Forest, Green Lake, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Oneida, Portage, Price, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood.

Construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change and are dependent on favorable weather conditions and construction status.

To minimize disruptions for Labor Day holiday travelers in Wisconsin, most major highway construction projects will be suspended during the three-day weekend. However, motorists may still encounter lane restrictions and traffic delays.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the holiday period with peak travel times likely to occur from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 29, and Monday, September 1. Drivers should give themselves sufficient time to reach their destination and be patient when encountering traffic congestion. Increased traffic during the holiday will make driving through work zones especially challenging.

Adams County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Florence County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Forest County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Green Lake County

WIS 44
Location
: School Street (Manchester) to Grand River bridge (Markesan)
Schedule: August 18 to late October 2014
Cost: $870,000
Description: Crews will mill the existing roadway and resurface it with new asphalt. Crews will also repair storm sewer and drainage, replace culvert pipe, install new signing and pavement markings and replace guardrail at the Grand River bridge.
Traffic impacts: WIS 44 will remain open to traffic during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures, flagging operations and should be prepared for minor delays.

WIS 23
Location: Green Lake County A to Arcade Glen Road (Ripon)
Schedule: April 21 to late November 2014
Cost: $14 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct WIS 23 from WIS 49/County A to Arcade Glen Road.
Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 23 (County A west in Green Lake County to Arcade Glen Road in Fond du Lac County) is closed to through traffic and detoured via WIS 73, County K, County A, County K, County KK, and WIS 44/49. This detour will be in place until September 8.
  • The Puchyan River Bridge (WIS 23) is closed to all traffic.
  • The WIS 49/County A intersection will remain open to traffic with a four-way stop during all stages of construction.
  • Local access to properties and businesses will be maintained. 

Iron County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Langlade County

WIS 64
Location: Lincoln County line to Zima Road (Antigo)
Schedule: August 4 to September 30, 2014
Cost: $1.6 million
Description: Crews will mill the existing 11.45 miles of pavement and replace it with new asphalt. Crews will also make repairs and add an anti-skid surface to two bridges. Guard rail along the project will be updated and centerline rumble strips will be installed.
Traffic impacts: WIS 64 will remain open during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures, flagging operations, a 12-foot width restriction, and temporary traffic signals.

Lincoln County

WIS 107
Location: Tug Lake Creek
Schedule: June 30 to September 8, 2014
Description: Crews will replace culvert pipe.
Traffic impacts: During construction, WIS 107 will remain open to a single lane of traffic with temporary traffic signals.

Marathon County

WIS 29
Location: West of the WIS 29/107 interchange in Marathon City
Schedule: September 8 to late October 2014
Cost: $517,000
Description: Crews will replace the existing pavement about 40 feet east and 60 feet to the west of the bridges. Improvements include some work on the bridge abutments.
Traffic impacts: WIS 29 will remain open during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures. Access to adjacent properties will be maintained throughout construction.

I-39
Location
: I-39/Business 51 interchange (Rothschild) 
Schedule: August 25, 2014 to late 2015
Cost: $12.2 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct all I-39/Business 51 interchange ramps, reconstruct Business 51 between Village Way and Eagle Nest Boulevard, realign Morrison Avenue with the southbound I-39 ramps, reconstruct the Cedar Creek bridge, construct pedestrian and bicycle accommodations along Business 51 and construct an off-road, multi-use path along northbound Business 51 between Village Way to Stoney Rivers Drive.
Traffic impacts:

  • Business 51 is reduced to a single lane between the southbound I-39 on-ramps and Eagle Nest Boulevard until Labor Day.
  • Beginning the week of September 8, Business 51 will be closed between County XX and Eagle Nest Boulevard. Traffic will be detoured via Imperial Avenue, Stoney Rivers Drive, and Eagle Nest Boulevard until mid-November.

WIS 29
Location: Bridges over Porky Creek and the Big Eau Pleine River, east of Abbotsford
Schedule: July 7 to September 2, 2014
Cost: $640,000
Description: Bridge repairs
Traffic impacts: WIS 29 will remain open to traffic. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures on westbound WIS 29.

WIS 29
Location
: Sunrise Drive to Business 51
Schedule: April 29, 2014 to May 25, 2017
Cost: $18.8 million
Description: Crews will replace the pavement on eastbound and westbound WIS 29 and replace the bridge decks of the structures located over the Wisconsin River and Business 51. Crews will also raise the Sunrise Drive overpass and repair the overpass’ bridge deck.
Traffic impacts:

  • The northbound US 51 to eastbound WIS 29 ramp is open.
  • During construction, WIS 29 and Business 51 will remain open to traffic in each direction.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures during off-peak hours.
  • Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

Business 51 (Grand Avenue)
Location: Kent Street to Division Street
Schedule: April 28 to early October 2014
Cost: $2.9 million
Description: Crews will mill the existing pavement and replace it with new asphalt. The existing lighting system will be replaced, bicycle accommodations will be provided and the existing corrugated median will be removed.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures between Sturgeon Eddy Road and Division Street. Both outside lanes of Business 51 are closed between Sturgeon Eddy Road and Division Street.

US 51 
Location: Marathon County U and K/Business 51 interchange, Wausau
Schedule: April 1, 2013 to late November 2014
Cost: $28 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct the interchange.
Traffic impacts:

  • Next week, motorists can expect to encounter 5 to 20-minute closures of US 51, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., while crews complete blasting operations.
  • The on-ramp to northbound US 51 from County K is scheduled to close Wednesday, September 3, and will remain closed through Saturday, November 1. During the closure, traffic will be detoured via Business 51, Merrill Avenue/County U, Overlook Drive, County K, and County WW.
  • During the week of August 18, motorists can expect to encounter 5 to 20-minute closures of US 51, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., while crews complete blasting operations.
  • Traffic on US 51 is shifted to use the adjacent temporary roadway on the southbound side of US 51.
  • Motorists on northbound and southbound US 51 can expect to encounter single lane closures.
  • The speed limit on US 51 is reduced to 55 mph between Bridge Street and Decator Drive.
  • Northbound US 51 traffic, exiting to County K/Business 51, is detoured via the northbound US 51 off-ramp to County U, and Merrill Avenue/County U.
  • The eastbound and westbound lanes of County K (Business 51) under the US 51 bridges are closed until early October 2014. During the closure, traffic is detoured via County U and Overlook Drive.
  • The on-ramp to southbound US 51 from County K is closed until early October 2014.

Marquette County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Menominee County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Oneida County

US 51
Location: Old Hwy 70 (Minocqua) to 3rd Avenue (Woodruff)
Schedule: March 31 to mid-October 2014
Cost: $4.6 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct the intersections of WIS 70 west and County J to include additional turn lanes and new traffic signals; install new street lighting; reconstruct the roadway with new asphalt pavement and curb and gutter, replace storm, sanitary and water lines.
Traffic impacts:

  • Beginning at noon on September 2, motorists on US 51 can expect to encounter one lane in each direction and flagging operations.
  • Motorists on Townline Road and US 51 near US 51, can expect single lane closures and flagging operations.
  • Crews will continue to work on the local and county systems in the Minocqua/Woodruff area throughout August and September.
  • Motorists may encounter traffic impacts on County J and Packing Plant Road.

Portage County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Price County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Shawano County

WIS 22
Location: County BE intersection, in the city of Shawano
Schedule: August 11 to late September 2014
Cost: $260,000
Description: Crews will reconstruct the intersection of WIS 22 and County BE to improve safety.
Traffic impacts: During construction, WIS 22 will remain open to traffic. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures, flagging operations and some delays.

Vilas County

WIS 155
Location: Lost Creek
Schedule: July 28 to September 14, 2014
Cost: $1 million
Description: Crews will replace a culvert pipe on WIS 155 over Lost Creek.
Traffic impacts: WIS 155 will remain open to traffic. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures, an 11-foot width restriction, and temporary traffic signals.

Waupaca County

WIS 54
Location: West Fulton Street and County Road QQ intersection, Waupaca
Schedule: September 3 to November 2014
Description: Crews will reconstruct the intersection.
Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 54 will remain open during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures and flagging operations.
  • Beginning Monday, September 8, Grand Seasons Drive will be closed to semi-truck traffic. Will re-open as early as Monday, September 22.

Waushara County

No state construction projects currently in progress.

Wood County

WIS 13
Location: Ten Mile Creek bridge (between Adams and Wisconsin Rapids)
Schedule: August 11 to September 9, 2014
Description: Crews will construct a new bridge deck and approaches.
Traffic impacts: WIS 13 will remain open during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures and temporary signals at the bridge.

WIS 80
Location: Owl Creek bridge (Babcock) and Dexterville Ditch bridge (Pittsville)
Schedule: August 11 to mid-October, 2014
Description: Crews will construct new bridge decks and approaches.
Traffic impacts: WIS 80 will remain open during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures and temporary signals at the bridges.

WIS 54
Location: County ZZ to WIS 80
Schedule: July 21 to September 9, 2014
Cost: $2.3 million
Description: Crews will mill the existing roadway and replace it with new asphalt. Crews will also install centerline and shoulder rumble strips, replace beam guard, widen the paved shoulders and install new signing and pavement markings.
Traffic impacts: WIS 54 will remain open to traffic during construction. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures and flagging operations during daylight hours.

Motorists are reminded to drive with caution in the work zone and should be prepared to encounter slow moving trucks. Motorists should slow down, use caution and stay alert when driving through construction zones. To avoid delays, consider taking an alternative route and avoid peak travel periods.

For more information regarding traffic impacts in the North Central Region:

As a reminder, alerts and updates provided via these sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on driving.

For more information, contact:
Kristin McHugh, WisDOT NC Region Communications 
(715) 421-8380, kristin.mchugh@dot.wi.gov

 

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