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

Barron County

Highway: US 8

  • Location: County P in Almena to North Wye Street in Barron
  • Schedule: April 25 to late July
  • Cost: $5.39 million
  • Description: Removing a portion of the existing asphalt surface on US 8 and replacing it with new asphalt, paving wider shoulders and adding centerline and shoulder rumble strips, installing new storm sewer in Poskin, cleaning and lining culverts, adjusting guardrail and placing new pavement markings.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Motorists will encounter periodic lane closures controlled by flagging.

Highway: US 53 northbound

  • Location: Chippewa County line to US 8 near Cameron
  • Schedule: April 4 to October
  • Cost: $11.55 million
  • Description: Removing a portion of the existing asphalt overlay and placing new asphalt; completing spot repairs on structures at Carlson School Drive, County AA, the Chetek River, County I, Knapp Street, 20th Street and US 8 and placing a concrete overlay on each of the structures; replacing the concrete deck on the structure at County A; cleaning culverts and ditches; replacing culvert apron end walls, guardrail, pavement markings and signage; and completing spot improvements at Rest Area 34 and overlaying all concrete parking areas with asphalt.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • A single lane of northbound US 53 will be closed for the duration of the project.
    • During structure rehab work, the approximate limits of the lane closures are from County M to Carlson School Road, just south of County A to Knapp Street and just south of 20th Street to US 8.
    • The speed limit within each work zone is 60 mph.
    • Flagging will be utilized as necessary on the roads underneath the bridge structures including Carlson School Road, County AA, County A, County I, Knapp Street, 20th Street and US 8.
    • Single-lane closures on County I at the US 53 overpass might be used during working hours.
    • A single-lane closure on southbound US 53 from about 3.5 miles north of County I to a half mile south of County I from today to Wednesday, May 11.

Highway: WIS 48

  • Location: Hay River Flowage, Cumberland
  • Schedule: March 28 to August
  • Cost: $1.24 million
  • Description: Replacing a culvert with a bridge, bridge approaches and guardrail.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • WIS 48 is open to one lane of traffic controlled by temporary signals.
    • There is a 14-foot maximum width restriction in the work zone.
    • The speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph.

Washburn County

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 Rivers 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:
    • Temporary signals are in operation at the US 53 intersection at US 63 and Liesch Road.
    • Traffic on US 53 is reduced to one lane in each direction on the southbound lanes.
    • The speed limit on US 53 is reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph and on US 63 is reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph in the work zone.

Highway: US 63

  • Location: Greenwood Avenue to Poplar Street, Spooner
  • Schedule: March 28 to November
  • Cost: $8.2 million
  • Description: Reconstructing US 63 from WIS 70 to Poplar Street with new pavement, sidewalk, curb and gutter; reconstructing the US 63/WIS 70 intersection; rehabilitating US 63 from Greenwood Avenue to WIS 70 by milling the existing asphalt and overlaying the road with new asphalt; converting US 63 from Greenwood Avenue to Poplar Street to a three-lane road, with one lane for traffic in each direction and a two-way left-turn lane in the center to improve safety and reduce overall corridor travel times; installing new sanitary and storm sewer and water main; improving pedestrian access to meet current Americans With Disabilities Act standards at intersections; and installing new street lighting, pavement marking and signing.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • US 63 from Linn Street to Poplar Street and WIS 70 from Summit Street to Front Street are closed to traffic.
      • The detour route for US 63 is WIS 48 and US 53.
      • The detour route for WIS 70 is WIS 35, WIS 48 and US 53.
    • During construction, alleys and cross streets will be kept open as much as possible.

Highway: WIS 70

  • Location: US 53 to the south junction of County M east of Spooner
  • Schedule: May 2 to late September
  • Cost: $4.82 million
  • Description: Recycling a portion of the existing pavement and resurfacing the road; replacing culverts; and placing new pavement markings.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • Motorists will encounter single-lane closures controlled by flagging.

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