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US 51 (Old Hwy 70-3rd Ave.) - Fast facts
Minocqua and Woodruff, Oneida County

Wisconsin 511 travel information
View NC, US 51, Minocqua (Old Hwy 70-3rd Ave.), in Oneida County in a larger map. 
Map key - Thick orange line is the project overview/location. Blue tear drop with dot in center is the project limit.


US 51, in Minocqua and Woodruff, between Old Hwy 70 and 3rd Avenue, in Oneida County.


  • The intersections of WIS 70 west and County J will be reconstructed to include additional turn lanes and new traffic signals.
  • Reconstructing the roadway with new asphalt pavement and curb and gutter.
  • Installing new street lighting, which will provide uniform lighting along the corridor.
  • Replace storm, sanitary and water lines. This effort will also improve the storm water quality.

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  • March 31, 2014 - Construction begins
  • March 31 to late June 2014 - Construction staged to allow one lane in each direction
  • July and August 2014 - To minimize impacts during the tourist season, US 51 will be open to all traffic lanes, allowing construction to continue on the side streets.
  • Late August 2014 -  Construction scheduled for completion

Traffic impacts/Detours 

  • US 51 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Old Hwy 70 and 3rd Avenue. Motorists can expect to encounter flagging operations.
  • All sidewalks within the project limits will be closed.
  • Motorists may encounter delays and are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone.


Construction is scheduled to begin March 31, 2014. The schedule is dependent on weather conditions and construction status.

Contact information

Richard Simon, WisDOT project manager
(715) 365-5775

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
North Central Region, Rhinelander Office
510 N. Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Kristin McHugh, WisDOT North Central Region Communications Manager
(715) 421-8380

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
North Central Region, Wisconsin Rapids Office
1681 Second Ave. South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-4768
Phone: (715) 421-8301
Fax: (715) 423-0334
TTY: 711
Email: ncr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov

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Last modified: March 14, 2014

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