WASHBURN COUNTY -- To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Gov. Tony Evers has signed a $17.59 million contract with prime contractor Hoffman Construction Co. of Black River Falls for a multiyear pavement replacement project on US 53 in Washburn County from Pine Grove Road in the town of Sarona to Wildcat Road in the town of Beaver Brook. Construction is scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 1.
Originally placed in the mid-1980s, this 6.5-mile segment of US 53 has reached the end of its service life. To address this, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation project will:
- Remove the existing pavement and a portion of the existing base course.
- Place a new base aggregate layer for drainage and new concrete pavement.
- Replace storm sewer, culverts, curb and gutter.
- Reconstruct the approaches to US 53 from existing intersections.
- Replace shoulder rumble strips.
- Place pavement marking.
During construction, motorists will encounter single-lane closures in 2022. Traffic will be moved between inside and outside lanes as temporary crossovers are built in the median and side road intersections are widened to the outside.
In 2023, one lane of traffic will operate in each direction on one side of US 53 as the other side is being constructed; the northbound lanes are scheduled to be rebuilt first.
Construction in 2022 is expected to be complete by the end of October.
Weather pending, work in 2023 is expected to resume in mid-April, with completion in October.