Northwest Region Construction Update

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

Northwest Region Construction Update

News Release

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 to November
  • 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:
    • The on-ramp to southbound US 53 from WIS 48 is anticipated to be closed to traffic from 10 p.m. Monday, May 11, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, for the installation of a storm sewer connection.
    • Once the connection is made and the on-ramp is reopened, the storm sewer trench will be paved under flagging operations.

Barron and Polk counties 

Highway: US 8

  • Location: Between WIS 46 South junction to Front Avenue in Turtle Lake
  • Schedule: May 4 to July
  • Cost: $5.16 million
  • Description: Milling off a portion of US 8’s surface, overlaying US 8 with asphalt, widening the shoulders, installing rumble strips and marking the pavement.
  • Traffic impacts: There will be periodic lane closures in each direction controlled by flaggers.

Chippewa County 

Highway: Park Avenue

  • Location: Between Main Street and South Avenue, city of Chippewa Falls
  • Schedule: April 20 to September
  • Cost: $1.56 million
  • Description: Reconstructing Park Avenue, completing sanitary and storm sewer and water utility work and adding a bicycle-pedestrian trail on the north side, along with curb and gutter.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Park Avenue is closed to through traffic, but local access to businesses and residences will be maintained throughout the project.
      • Detour route: Main Street, Greenville Street, Woodward Avenue and WIS 124.

Chippewa and Clark counties 

Highway: WIS 64, WIS 27, WIS 40 and US 10.

  • Location: Various
  • Schedule: May 4 to June 19 and Aug. 3 to Aug. 28
  • Cost: $1.04 million
  • Description: Replace multiple culverts.
  • Traffic impacts: Temporary signals installed at two culvert pipes are controlling traffic on WIS 64 east of Cornell between County D and County G.

Clark County 

Highway: WIS 73

  • Location: Meridian Avenue to WIS 95, south of Neillsville and Granton
  • Schedule: May 8 to July
  • Cost: $$3.8 million
  • Description: Resurfacing WIS 73, replacing or repairing culvert pipes, installing guardrail and marking pavement.
  • Traffic impacts: The project is being built under traffic with the use of flaggers and single-lane closures.

Highway: Mill Road

  • Location: Nelson Creek Bridge, northeast of Greenwood
  • Schedule: Sept. 23, 2019 – May 2020
  • Cost: $259,558
  • Description: Removing and replacing the bridge.
  • Traffic impacts: Mill Road is closed to through traffic within the project limits, but local access will be maintained.

Douglas County 

Highway: US 2/53 (East 2nd Street)

  • Location: Between 2nd Avenue East and 31st Avenue East, city of Superior
  • Schedule: April 6 to October
  • Cost: $7.02 million
  • Description: Rehabilitating one bridge structure; repairing spot locations of concrete pavement and utility manholes and inlets; updating or replacing traffic signals; upgrading or installing curb ramps at pedestrian crossings; and grinding the road’s concrete surface and overlaying it with asphalt.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction between 2nd Avenue East and 31st Avenue East.
    • The speed limit is reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph during construction.
    • A truck detour is in place because of turning movement restrictions at the intersection of East 2nd and Belknap streets. 

Highway: US 53

  • Location: County T to St. Croix River and County Y intersection, Gordon
  • Schedule: April 27 to August
  • Cost: $7.02 million
  • Description: Resurfacing US 53 from County T to the St. Croix River and improving the County Y intersection.
  • Traffic impacts: North- and southbound US 53 traffic is reduced to one lane from County T to the St. Croix River.

Dunn County 

Highway: I-94

  • Location: 250th Street to Wilson Creek, west of Menomonie
  • Schedule: Spring 2018 to June
  • Cost: $30.34 million
  • Description: Replacing bridges, resurfacing I-94, marking pavement and installing median cable barrier, guardrail, right of way fence and signs.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Beginning Monday, May 11, motorists on east- and westbound I-94 can expect lane closures during non-peak times.
    • The speed limit in the construction zone will be reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph in both directions.
    • Intermittent flagging operations might be occurring at 390th Street, 650th Avenue, County K and 250th Street.

Highway: WIS 72

  • Location: Eau Galle River Bridge, about two miles east of Elmwood
  • Schedule: April 6 to August
  • Cost: $1.94 million
  • Description: Removing and replacing the bridge, grading, signing and pavement marking.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • WIS 72 is closed at the structure.
      • Detour route: WIS 128, WIS 29 and WIS 25.

Dunn and St. Croix counties 

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie near Knapp
  • Schedule: March 25, 2019 to November 2020
  • 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.

Eau Claire County 

Highway: WIS 312/US 12

  • Location: County EE/Town Hall Road intersection, northwest side of Eau Claire
  • Schedule: April to August
  • Cost: $590,000
  • Description: Extending turn lanes on WIS 312/US 12 at County EE/Town Hall Road and reconstructing Town Hall Road and Old Mill Plaza north of WIS 312/US 12.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • The outside lane of eastbound WIS 312/US 12 is closed from Truax Lane to County EE.
    • The outside lane of westbound WIS 312/US 12 is closed from Old Mill Plaza past Town Hall Road.
    • Town Hall Road is closed between WIS 312/US 12 and Chuck Lane.
    • Old Mill Plaza is closed from Town Hall Road and 200 feet to the east.

Eau Claire and St. Croix counties 

Highway: US 12, WIS 64, WIS 65 and WIS 312

  • Location: Various locations 
  • Schedule: April 13 to June
  • Cost: $760,000
  • Description: Replacing signals, poles and bases and completing beam guard, electrical and signing work.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • In Eau Claire:
      • The contractor is anticipated to move to WIS 312, with work planned at the intersections of Truax Lane, Mill Run Road and County TT. All work will be completed with a single-lane closure on the outside lanes.
    • In Hudson:
      • The contractor is expected to be standing poles at various locations US 12.
    • In New Richmond:
      • The contractor is expected to standing poles at WIS 64/WIS 65.

Jackson County 

Highway: US 12

  • Location: US 12 and County A intersection in Black River Falls
  • Schedule: April 13 to July
  • Cost: $661,008
  • Description: Signalizing the intersection – first with temporary and then permanent signals; completing excavation, asphalt, curb and gutter and sign work; and marking the pavement.
  • Traffic impacts: Traffic on east- and westbound US 12 is reduced to one lane in each direction through the intersection.

St. Croix County

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Between Hudson and Baldwin
  • Schedule: April 1, 2019 to July 2020
  • Cost: $17 million
  • Description: Replacing four bridge structures – two over 130th Street and two over the Kinnickinnic River – and completing roughly two miles of approach work. 
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Westbound I-94:
      • Traffic is using temporary lanes, which are posted at 60 mph. This configuration will remain like this until late June.
      • There will be intermittent right-lane closures from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, May 11 to May 15.
    • Eastbound I-94:
      • The inside shoulder is closed.
      • The speed limit will be reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph when a lane is closed.
      • There will be intermittent single-lane closures from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, May 11 to May 15.

Highway: US 12

  • Location: Between US 63 and WIS 128, east of Baldwin
  • Schedule: April 27 to October 2020 and June 2021
  • Cost: $6.2 million
  • Description: Resurfacing US 12, making repairs to the bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks and safety improvements to shoulders, improving curb, gutter, culvert pipes and beam guard, signing and marking.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists should expect single-lane closures with flagging operations in areas where work is happening.

Highway: County E

  • Location: Between County I and County A, northeast of Hudson
  • Schedule: April 30 to July
  • Cost: $1.94 million
  • Description: Reconditioning project, including grading, paving, signing and marking.
  • Traffic impacts: The road will remain open during construction, with flagging operations used to control traffic.

Trempealeau County 

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Northwest of Osseo
  • Schedule: March 25, 2019 to October 2020
  • Cost: $10.02 million
  • Description: Removing and replacing four structures – two over County NN and two over the Buffalo River, road resurfacing, installing beam guard, pavement marking, fencing and signing.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Eastbound I-94:
      • There will be an eastbound lane closure from 5 a.m. Mondays to 6 p.m. Fridays.

Highway: WIS 93

  • Location: Indee Boulevard in Independence to the north county line
  • Schedule: May 4 to October
  • Cost: $11.24 million
  • Description: Paving WIS 93, cold-in-place recycling, replacing culverts, lining pipes, updating curb ramps, marking pavement and installing guardrail, signing and centerline and edge line rumble strips.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • The road will remain open during construction, using flagging operations.
    • During work on the structure over the Buffalo River, traffic will be reduced to one lane over the bridge with traffic being controlled by signals.

Highway: Dopp Road

  • Location: Smikrud Coulee Creek Bridge, town of Ettrick
  • Schedule: April 7 to late May
  • Cost: $319,157
  • Description: Removing and replacing the bridge.
  • Traffic impacts: Dopp Road is closed at the structure.

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

Last Update: May 10, 2020 8:51 am CDT

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