This week’s updates from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) on road construction projects for Barron, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.

Note: For Labor Day weekend travel impacts, view the statewide press release here.

Northwest Region Pavement Marking

Highway: Various

Location: Various

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.


Barron County

Highway: WIS 25

Location: Just north of the WIS 25/County D intersection south of Barron

Schedule: Aug. 2 to September

Cost: $382,688

Description: Replacing two culverts and the asphalt road surface above them and marking the pavement.

Traffic impacts:

  • Traffic is reduced to a single lane through the project area.
  • Temporary traffic signals are being used to coordinate traffic at the County D intersection.

Burnett County

Highway: County B

Location: North Fork Clam River Bridge

Schedule: June 28 to August

Cost: $434,400

Description: Rehabilitating the bridge.

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 closed from Broadway Street East (County F) to Hyland Street; traffic is being detoured via WIS 46, US 63 and US 8.

Highway: 165th Avenue

Location: Fox Creek Bridge, town of Apple River

Schedule: July 21 to September

Cost: $348,322

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: The road is closed to traffic at the bridge.

Highway: 40th Street

Location: Apple River Bridge, northwest of Turtle Lake in the town of Beaver

Schedule: July 22 to September

Cost: $398,531

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: Motorists will use a temporary bypass being built by the contractor once the bridge is closed to traffic.

Highway: 30th Avenue

Location: Willow River Bridge, town of Clear Lake

Schedule: Aug. 23 to October

Cost: $454,257

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: 30th Avenue is closed in the project limits.


Rusk County

Highway: US 8

Location: West 8th Street to River Avenue East in Ladysmith

Schedule: Aug. 16 to late October

Cost: $1.62 million

Description: Grinding the full width of the existing concrete pavement to a depth of 1 to 2 inches, repairing concrete joints with asphalt mix, overlaying the roadway with 2.25 to 2.5 inches of asphalt, upgrading curb ramps to Americans With Disabilities Act standards, converting West 5th Street North to right in/right out only from US 8, adding a raised median at the railroad crossing, upgrading signage and putting down new pavement marking..

Traffic impacts: The shoulders on east- and westbound US 8 from West 8th Street to River Avenue East are closed.

Highway: WIS 40

Location: Devils Creek Bridge north of Bruce

Schedule: July 6 to September

Cost: $853,908

Description: Replacing the bridge.

Traffic impacts: WIS 40 is closed at the project site; traffic is being detoured via US 8, WIS 27 and WIS 70.

Highway: County D

Location: Little Jump River Bridge, two miles west of Sheldon

Schedule: July 14 to September

Cost: $716,253

Description: Replacing the bridge.

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


Washburn County

Highway: US 53

Location: US 53/WIS 77 intersection in Minong

Schedule: May 3 to September

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: None.

Highway: US 53

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

Schedule: March 17, 2021 to 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:

  • US 53 is reduced to a single lane in both directions, and the speed limit has been reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph.
  • Temporary signals are in operation at the US 53 intersections at US 63/Liesch Road.
  • US 63 lanes are restricted to 13 feet, and the speed limit has been reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph.
  • County E is detoured onto Liesch Road.

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