Northwest Region Construction Update

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) provides weekly updates on road construction projects in the following counties in northwest Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau and Washburn counties.

Barron County

Highway: WIS 48

Location: Between West and Bear Paw avenues, city of Rice Lake

Schedule: April 20, 2020 to May 2021

Cost: $5.1 million

Description: Reconstructing WIS 48 from West Avenue to Bear Paw Avenue, rebuilding the WIS 48-West Avenue intersection with a roundabout, reconstructing the north- and southbound US 53 ramp terminals as roundabouts and improving the Bear Paw Avenue intersection with traffic signal installation.

Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations on eastbound WIS 48.
  • The right shoulder on the northbound US 53 off-ramp is closed.

Douglas County

Highway: US 2/53 (East 2nd Street)

Location: Between 29th Avenue East and 53rd Avenue East, city of Superior

Schedule: April 5 to October

Cost: $4.98 million

Description: Repairing spot locations of concrete pavement, resurfacing East 2nd Street by grinding the concrete surface and overlaying it with asphalt, replacing traffic signals at 39th Avenue East, rehabilitating the Nemadji River and Bluff Creek structures, upgrading and installing curb ramps at pedestrian crossings and making spot repairs to sidewalk panels.

Traffic impacts:

  • Traffic is reduced to a single lane in each direction, with motorists driving on the inside east- and westbound lanes.
    • Traffic is anticipated to be switched Monday, May 10, from the inside to the outside  lanes.
  • The speed limit in the construction zone has been reduced to 25 mph.

Douglas County

Highway: WIS 35

Location: WIS 35 (Tower Avenue)/WIS 105 (Central Avenue/North 61st Street) intersection, city of Superior

Schedule: May 3 to August

Cost: $739,126.

Description: Adding traffic signals at the intersection, reconfiguring lanes, constructing median islands, reconstructing sidewalk curb ramps and adding two parking spots on WIS 35.

Traffic impacts:

  • Lanes on north- and southbound WIS 35 are restricted to 12 feet.

Dunn County

Highway: WIS 85

Location: Rock Creek Bridge in Rock Falls

Schedule: May 3 to September

Cost: $1.9 million.

Description: Removing the Rock Creek Dam, replacing the Rock Creek Bridge and replacing the asphaltic roadway approaches to the bridge.

Traffic impacts: Starting Monday, May 17, WIS 85 will be closed to traffic.

  • Detour: WIS 37 and US 10.

Dunn and St. Croix counties

Highway: I-94

Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie near Knapp

Schedule: March 25, 2019 to May 2021

Cost: $57.5 million

Description: Removing and replacing concrete pavement and six structures, grading, marking pavement and installing beam guard, cable barrier, right-of-way fencing and signing.

Traffic impacts: There will be lane closures on east- and westbound I-94 from WIS 128 to 250th Street during non-peak travel hours.

Dunn and St. Croix counties

Highway: WIS 170

Location: Between WIS 128 in Glenwood City in St. Croix County and County D in the Dunn County town of Sherman

Schedule: April 12 to October

Cost: $8.63 million

Description: Milling the existing pavement on WIS 170 from WIS 128 to WIS 79 and overlaying it with asphalt; recycling the existing pavement from WIS 79 to County D and overlaying it with asphalt; reconstructing the intersection of WIS 170 and WIS 79 in Boyceville; rehabilitating the WIS 170 bridge over Tiffany Creek northwest of Downing; replacing or extending culvert pipes or equipping them with end walls; installing traffic signals at the WIS 170 and northbound WIS 79 intersection; increasing the width of paved shoulders along WIS 170 to a minimum of 3 feet; and replacing guardrail.

Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect sporadic single-lane closures controlled by flaggers.
  • Traffic is being controlled by temporary traffic signals for bridge work.

Eau Claire County

Highway: County D

Location: Boardwalk Street in Fall Creek to County N in the town of Lincoln

Schedule: April 19 to July

Cost: $1.66 million

Description: Replacing the pavement, curbing, culverts and guardrail and overlaying a structure over Fall Creek and replacing its railing.

Traffic impacts: Traffic is reduced to a single lane controlled by flagging operations.

Pierce and St. Croix counties

Highway: WIS 29

Location: Between County CC South west of Spring Valley and WIS 128 in St. Croix County

Schedule: April 5 to July

Cost: $3.88 million

Description: Milling the existing asphalt, patching the road base and overlaying it with new asphalt; repairing and overlaying the Eau Galle River Bridge; repairing four box culverts in St. Croix County; replacing one culvert in Pierce County; and replacing a retaining wall in Spring Valley.

Traffic impacts: Starting Monday, May 3, WIS 29 between County CC and WIS 128 will be detoured for approximately 24 days for culvert pipe replacements and village utility work.

  • Detour: County CC, County G, WIS 72 and WIS 128.

Polk County

Highway: WIS 46 (Keller Avenue)

Location: Snow Street to the York Park entrance, city of Amery

Schedule: May 3 to September

Cost: $1.87 million

Description: Resurfacing WIS 46, reducing the number of traffic lanes to one in each direction with a two-way left-turn lane in the center by adding new lane markings, upgrading traffic signal systems at the intersections of Broadway Street East (County F) and Birch Street to current standards and replacing curb ramps throughout the project limits.

Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 46 is closed from Broadway Street East (County F) to Burman Avenue.
    • Detour: US 63 and US 8.
  • WIS 46 is reduced to a single lane in each direction in the remainder of the work zone.

Rusk County

Highway: County G

Location: Jump River Bridge west of Sheldon

Schedule: April 26 to July

Cost: $964,538

Description: Redecking the bridge.

Traffic impacts: County G is closed at the project site.

St. Croix County

Highway: WIS 35

Location: Between Front Street in Hudson and North End Road in North Hudson

Schedule: April 26 to late November

Cost: $11.17 million

Description: Repairing concrete, resurfacing or reconstructing WIS 35, rehabilitating the Lake Mallalieu Bridge, replacing storm sewer systems, completing sanitary sewer and water main work, making improvements at the WIS 35 intersection at Coulee Road/Buckeye Street and adding a two-way left-turn lane between Sommers Street North and North End Road.

Traffic impacts: This project will use a combination of staging, lane closures controlled by flaggers and a detour to move WIS 35 traffic during construction.

  • The detour uses I-94, Minnesota Trunk Highways 95 and 36 and WIS 64.
  • WIS 35 between Front Street and Coulee Road/Buckeye Street in Hudson is reduced to one lane in each direction.
  • WIS 35 between Coulee Road/Buckeye Street and Vine Street in Hudson has various on-street parking spaces closed off.
  • WIS 35 between Myrtle and Division streets in Hudson is closed to all through traffic.
  • WIS 35 from just south of Monroe Street North to Michaelson Street North in North Hudson is closed to all through traffic.

Trempealeau County

Highway: WIS 93

Location: Between Swenson Lane southeast of Arcadia to WIS 35/54 in Centerville

Schedule: April 12 to August.

Cost: $3.99 million

Description: Milling and overlaying the existing pavement between Swenson Lane and WIS 35/54, milling the existing pavement 100 feet east, west and south of the WIS 93/35/54 intersection, installing centerline rumble strips, repairing culverts and cleaning ditches as needed and replacing damaged or outdated guardrail.

Traffic impacts: Traffic is reduced to a single lane controlled by flagging operations where crews work on culvert pipe replacements.

Washburn County

Highway: US 53

Location: US 53/WIS 77 intersection in Minong

Schedule: May 3 to late July

Cost: $1.25 million

Description: Reconstructing the existing US 53/WIS 77 intersection as a J-turn, an intersection that reduces conflict points that can lead to crashes at crossings by rerouting left-turning and through traffic from the side road.

Traffic impacts: US 53 is reduced to a single lane in both directions.

Washburn County

Highway: US 53

Location: Between Mackey and Ross roads in the town of Trego

Schedule: March 17, 2021 – November 2022

Cost: $17.65 million

Description: Reconstructing US 53 from Mackey Road to existing US 63, relocating US 63 to closely follow the existing Wild River State Trail and constructing a new grade separated interchange connecting US 53 with realigned US 63, new west frontage road from Mackey Road to County E and turn lanes along US 53 at existing intersections, including Mackey, O’Brien and Ross roads.

Traffic impacts: There will be occasional lane closures controlled by flagging operations on US 53 and US 63.


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