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.

Northwest Region Pavement Marking

Highway: Various

Location: Ashland, Buffalo, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau and Washburn counties

Schedule: May 17 to October

Cost: $1.04 million

Description: Completing longline marking of centerlines and edge lines and special marking of words, arrows, stop bars, diagonals, curbs and crosswalks.

Traffic impacts: Following Memorial Day weekend, motorists can expect moving lane restrictions in Trempealeau County:

  • On US 53 between Whitehall and Pigeon Falls.
  • On WIS 95 between US 53 and the Trempealeau-Jackson County line.
  • Possibly on WIS 93 south of Arcadia.
  • Possibly on US 10 in the northeastern portion of the county.

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: None; project complete.

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 reduced to one lane in each direction from Griffin Street to Wisconsin Avenue.
  • WIS 46 is closed from Broadway Street East (County F) to Hyland Street for a city reconstruction project.
    • Detour: WIS 46, US 63 and US 8.

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.

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: Following Memorial Day weekend, US 53 will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

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: Following Memorial Day weekend:

  • US 53 will be reduced to a single lane in both directions.
  • North- and southbound US 63 lanes will be restricted to 13 feet.
  • The Wild Rivers State Trail will be detoured starting Tuesday, June 1.

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