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
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
Barron, Polk, Price and Rusk County highway
Highway committee chairpersons
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.
document approved by FHWA and WisDOT October 5, 2007.
Tier II studies (segments below) are a more detailed analysis
of segments of the Tier I Corridor Study that address site-specific
details of project impacts, costs and mitigation measures.
Deer Lake - 200th St. to 120th St., Polk County – Currently in
Range - 120th St. to 15th St., Polk County – Not currently
Turtle Lake/Almena - 15th
St. to Hay River, Barron and Polk Counties – Currently in progress
Poskin/Barron - Hay River
to US 53, Barron County – Currently in progress
Enough detail of a preferred design is completed to enable the
official mapping of the future right of way.
Each Tier II segment takes approximately two years to complete with
Tier II scheduled to be completed by 2015.
Tier III is the final design and construction. In order to advance
to this tier, the legislature needs to approve funding.