The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is providing a weekly update on construction projects in the northwest region, which includes the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau and Washburn counties.

Construction related traffic impacts are subject to change and dependent on favorable weather patterns.

Barron County

Highway: South Main Street

  • Location: City of Rice Lake, Red Cedar River Bridge
  • Schedule: September 17, 2018 to September 2019
  • Cost: $3.1 million
  • Description: Crews will replace the Red Cedar River Bridge.
  • Traffic Impacts: Main Street will be open to traffic with reduced lane width.

Bayfield County

Highway: County Highway F

  • Location: Benoit to US 2
  • Schedule: April 1 to May 2019
  • Cost: $430,000
  • Description: The bridge over South Fish Creek will be rehabilitated.
  • Traffic Impacts: A section of County Highway F will be closed for the duration of the project. The detour route posted for this closure will utilize County Highway F, US 63 and Olson Lane.

Buffalo County

Highway: WIS 121

  • Location: Gilmanton to Independence, Elk Creek Bridge
  • Schedule: April 4 to June 2019
  • Cost: $420,000
  • Description: The Elk Creek Bridge will be removed and replaced with a new structure. Construction will be completed in two separate stages.
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic on WIS 121 will be reduced to one lane while work on the bridge is occurring. Signals are in place at the project site to control the flow of traffic.

Chippewa County

Local Road: 195th Street

  • Location: Town of Lafayette, near the Paint Creek Bridge
  • Schedule: March 25 to June 2019
  • Cost: $1.1 million
  • Description: This project consists of retaining wall, grading, concrete sidewalk, concrete curb and gutter, base course, storm sewer, pipe railing, bridge construction, and incidental work.
  • Traffic Impacts: 195th Street will be closed throughout the duration of the project. No detour will be signed.

Douglas County

Highway: US 2

  • Location: Belknap Street, City of Superior; Banks Avenue to Hill Avenue
  • Schedule: 2017 to June 2019
  • Cost: $23.4 million
  • Description: Belknap Street has been reconstructed from Banks to Hill Avenue over the last two seasons. Work scheduled for 2019 involves fence railing, pavement marking, and general clean-up.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect occasional lane closures during working hours.

Dunn County

Highway: US 12

  • Location: City of Menomonie, Broadway Street (Red Cedar River Bridge)
  • Schedule: April 30, 2018 to September 2019
  • Cost: $2.9 million
  • Description: Crews will make repairs and improvements to the Red Cedar River Bridge.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect traffic shifts and lane closures for the duration of the project.

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie, from WIS 128 to 250th Street, near Knapp, WI
  • Schedule: March 25, 2019 to November 2020
  • Cost: $57.5 million
  • Description: A variety of work will be performed on the roadway, including milling, paving, temporary bridge construction, and utility relocation.
  • Traffic impacts: Currently, eastbound and westbound lane closures are in effect on I-94 from WIS 128 to 160th Street.

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Knapp Hill; between Hudson and Menomonie, from 250th Street to Wilson Creek
  • Schedule: November 2019 completion date
  • Cost: $30.3 million
  • Description: Work under this contract consists of grading, base aggregate, concrete pavement, hot mix asphalt pavement, new structures, pavement marking, signing, right of way fence, median cable barrier, beam guard, traffic control, and incidentals.
  • Traffic impacts: Currently, eastbound and westbound single lane closures are set during off peak traffic hours. Expect closures in each direction Monday from 6 AM to Thursday at 2 PM, from Thursday at 5 PM to Friday at 9 AM, and from Friday at 8 PM to Sunday at 9 AM. These closures may not occur when severe weather warnings are in effect. Expect delays caused by intermittent flagging operations on surrounding side roads, including 390th, 650th, 250th Street, and County Highway K. There will be a full eastbound closure along I-94 on Friday April 26th from 11 PM to 5 AM and Sunday April 28th from 11 PM to 5 AM. During this closure, traffic will be routed to an alternate route utilizing STH 128, USH 12, and STH 25. Expect a 13’ width restriction for the week of April 29th on EB 94.

Jackson County

Highway: WIS 54

  • Location: Black River Falls to City Point
  • Schedule: April 29 to July 2019
  • Cost: $10 million
  • Description: This project will consist of 26 miles of cold-in-place recycling, milling and hot asphalt mix overlay along WIS 54.
  • Traffic Impacts: Motorists can expect minor delays caused by temporary flagging operations. WIS 54 will be open to traffic throughout the project.

Pierce County

Highway: US 10

  • Location: Hastings to Prescott
  • Schedule: September 4, 2018 to June 2019
  • Cost: $1 million
  • Description: Bridge rehabilitation, concrete surface repair, joint replacement, floor repair, polymer overlay.
  • Traffic Impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter occasional westbound single-lane closures during working hours.

Sawyer County

Highway: WIS 27

  • Location: City of Hayward, South Dakota Avenue; West Carol Drive to US 63
  • Schedule: March 25 to June 2019 & September 3, 2019 to November 2019
  • Cost: $4 million
  • Description: In the first phase of the project, crews will convert the 4-lane roadway between the Namekagon River Bridge and US 63 to a 5-lane roadway with a two-way left turn lane. Additionally, the existing 4-lane roadway from West Carol Drive to Michigan Avenue will be converted to a 3-lane roadway with a two-way left turn lane. Auxiliary work such as pavement resurfacing and traffic signal installation will be performed as needed.
  • Traffic Impacts: One lane of traffic will be open in each direction throughout the duration of the project. Motorists should expect to encounter travel delay due to lane closures and flagging operations. No traffic impacts will occur on holidays such as Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Highway: US 63

  • Location: Between WIS 27 and Larsen Road, near Hayward, WI
  • Schedule: April 1 to July 2019
  • Cost: $4.7 million
  • Description: The project involves removing existing concrete roadway surface, crushing that concrete, and reusing it as base. The new surface will be asphalt. The Hospital Road intersection will be reconstructed on a new alignment. 12 mainline culvert pipes will be replaced. New signs, pavement marking, and beam guard will be installed.
  • Traffic Impacts: US 63 will be closed beginning on April 8, with two detours in place. Heavy truck traffic will be routed from Hayward north on WIS 27 to US 2 and then east to the US 63 intersection (near Ashland/Ino). The car detour will be from Hayward east on WIS 77 to County Highway OO, continuing north on County Highway OO to the US 63 intersection (near Seeley). Local traffic will maintain access.

St. Croix County

Highway: I-94

  • Location: 130th Street and Kinnickinnic River Bridges, between Hudson and Baldwin
  • Schedule: April 1, 2019 to July 2020
  • Cost: $17 million
  • Description: Proposed improvements include replacing four structures (two over 130TH street and two over Kinnickinnic River), concrete placement, and sign and sign structures.
  • Traffic Impacts: During construction, I-94 will remain open to traffic. Motorists can expect to encounter lane shifts and single lane closures on I-94. Motorists can expect 130th Street to be open to traffic with periodic short-term full closures and/or flagging operations. Closures will also occur on the westbound and eastbound shoulders of I-94.

Highway: I-94

  • Location: WIS 35 North to US 12, between Hudson and Baldwin
  • Schedule: March 28, 2019 to May 2019
  • Cost: $28 Million
  • Description: This rehabilitation project will be updating a segment of I-94 by upgrading and replacing deteriorating sections of roadway and shoulders, two bridge decks over Front Street, concrete barrier walls, signs and sign structures, widening a bridge deck over Northern WIS 35, and adding two noise walls and three retaining walls.
  • Traffic impacts: The southbound on-ramp leading from WIS 35 to eastbound I-94 is closed. Motorists can expect nightly lane closures along eastbound I-94 and northbound WIS 35. Double lane closures will be in effect along eastbound and westbound I-94 from May 1 to May 5.

Highway: Loop Trail Facilities (Nearest highway WIS 64) (NEW)

  • Location: From Stillwater to Somerset, near Houlton, WI
  • Schedule: April 22, 2019 to May 2019
  • Cost: $3.7 million
  • Description: The Loop Trail facilities will be completed, involving pedestrian railing installation, signage installation, pavement marking, painting the pedestrian tunnel, landscape surveillance and installing a “Welcome to WI” sign nearby the facilities.
  • Traffic Impacts: No major traffic impacts are expected, but motorists should be aware that not all the Loop Trail facilities are open. The multi-use path and pedestrian tunnel are not accessible to the public until further work has been completed.

Trempealeau County

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Eau Claire to Osseo
  • Schedule: April 9, 2019 to October 2020
  • Cost: $10 million
  • Description: This is a comprehensive road improvement project. Work performed on the project will include excavation and placement of base, concrete paving, hot-mix asphalt paving, standard paving, beam guard installation, pavement marking, signing, fencing, mechanically stabilized earth wall installation, and bridge replacements.
  • Traffic Impacts: An eastbound shoulder closure will be maintained along I-94 for the duration of the project. Eastbound and westbound passing lane closures will be in effect each week, beginning in the early morning on Monday and ending at 10AM on Friday.

Highway: US 53 (NEW)

  • Location: Near Beaver Creek
  • Schedule: April 8, 2019 to July 2019
  • Cost: $800,000
  • Description: Bridge replacement project over Beaver Creek.
  • Traffic Impacts: Motorists can expect single lane closures with temporary traffic signals.

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