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Tier 1, US 8 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Range to Barron in Polk and Barron Counties

Tier 1, US 8 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) project overview/location map
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Project location

US 8, WIS 35 North (Polk County) to US 53 (Barron County), passing through communities of Range, Turtle Lake, Almena, Poskin and Barron.

Project overview

Study initiated by legislative mandate to determine how to best meet long-term transportation needs of this corridor. Alternatives for the corridor include:

  • Improvement of the existing route to a four-lane highway
  • Potential bypasses of Turtle Lake and Barron
  • Realignments in several locations

This 40 mile segment of US 8 classified as a Corridors 2020 connector route in Wisconsin's State Highway Plan, making traffic movement and safety high priorities.

Majority of US 8 is a two-lane rural road. WisDOT has recently added passing lanes at various locations to increase safety. US 8 is a four-lane undivided road through the urban areas of Turtle Lake and Barron.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) worked with the Highway 8 Coalition to address the needs and potential solutions for the corridor. The coalition includes:

  • Barron, Polk, Price and Rusk County highway commissioners
  • Highway committee chairpersons
  • Community members from each county.

Their mission is to work cooperatively in promoting, developing and prioritizing improvements to US 8 from the Minnesota/Wisconsin border to WIS 13 in Price County.

Final EIS document approved by FHWA and WisDOT October 5, 2007.

Status/phase

Study completed 2007

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Last modified: July 17, 2013

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