Weekly Northwest Region Construction Update

Friday, July 20, 2018 | WisDOT l Press Release |


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is providing a weekly update on construction projects in the northwest region, which includes the counties of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, and Washburn counties.

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

Ashland County

Highway: WIS 13

  • Location: Ashland, Golf Course Road – Butterworth Road
  • Schedule: June 6 – August 15, 2018
  • Cost: $5.5 Million
  • Description: There will be installing of utilities, road paving, as well as insertion of rumble strips.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter daytime lane closures with a flagging operation.

Highway: WIS 13

  • Location: Park Falls, South County Line to Morse Road
  • Schedule: July 12 – August 17, 2018
  • Cost: $640,000
  • Description: Scrub seal and fog seal, sign replacement, and paving marking
  • Traffic impacts: Project postponed for 2-3 weeks starting July 19. Once work resumes motorists can expect to encounter daily single lane closures. Traffic will 2 lanes during night hours.

Barron County

Highway: East South Street / Kern Avenue

  • Location: City of Rice Lake
  • Schedule: May 29 – October 25, 2018
  • Cost: $2.7 Million
  • Description: Excavation and paving of roads as well as sewer replacements.
  • Traffic Impacts: East South Street is closed from County Highway SS to Main Street, between Carrie Avenue and Manwarning Avenue.

Highway: US 53

  • Location: County Highway SS Bridge NB, Town of Haugen
  • Schedule: June 4 – August 24, 2018
  • Cost: $410,000
  • Description: County Highway SS Bridge Maintenance
  • Traffic impacts: North bound traffic reduced to one lane at structure.

Highway: WIS 48

  • Location: Town of Rice Lake
  • Schedule: July 16 – October 12, 2018
  • Cost: $1.2 Million
  • Description: Realignment of stream and structure replacement
  • Traffic impacts: Road closed between County Highway V and Seventeenth Street. Detour routes are marked. Access maintained for local residents. 

Bayfield County

Highway: US 2

  • Location: Iron River
  • Schedule: April 9 – August 31, 2018
  • Cost: $1.5 Million
  • Description: Replacement of the US 2 Iron River Bridge
  • Traffic Impact: Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with signals.

Highway: US 2

  • Location: Town of Ino
  • Schedule: June 25 – August 31, 2018
  • Cost: $2 Million
  • Description: Replacement of a flood damaged culvert with a new bridge.
  • Traffic Impact: Detour provided utilizing County Highway G.

Burnett County

Highway: WIS 35

  • Location: Between Frederic and Siren
  • Schedule: May 29 – August 15, 2018
  • Cost: $3.8 Million
  • Description: Mill and overlay, guardrail replacement, culvert rehabilitations, and construction of a right turn lane at the WIS 35/County Highway E intersection
  • Traffic Impact: Motorists can expect to encounter a moving flagging operation for asphalt paving.

Chippewa County
Highway: WIS 124 and WIS 64

  • Location: Town of Eagle Point, O’Neil Creek bridges
  • Schedule: March 29 – July 10, 2018
  • Cost: $1.1 Million
  • Description: Bridge deck replacements and concrete pavement approach work for four bridges crossing O’Neil Creek near the Town of Eagle Point.
  • Traffic Impact:
    • WIS 64 at the O’Neil Creek Bridge (1 mile east of WIS 124) is reduced to a single lane with the use of temporary traffic signals. Width restriction signing has been installed in advance of the structure.
    • WIS 124 is closed for the re-deck construction of the O’Neil Creek Bridge (2.6 miles south of WIS 64). Detour via County Highway S, US 53, and WIS 64.

Highway: WIS 124

  • Location: Chippewa Falls, Bridge Street bridges
  • Schedule: April 2017 – July 2018
  • Cost: $3.7 Million
  • Description: Improvements include removing deteriorated concrete pavement, resurfacing the Summit Avenue intersection with an asphaltic surface, bridge deck repairs and a polymer overlay. The project will also include improvements to curb and gutter, beam guard, signing and pavement marking.
  • Traffic Impact: Outside lanes between the North and South roundabouts are closed. Right turn lanes from and to Summit Ave. are closed to traffic during nightly closure hours of 7 PM to 11 AM. Speed limit reduced from 35 MPH to 25 MPH. The sidewalk is closed on the NB bridge due to polymer overlay operations.

Highway: WIS 40 ,170, 124, 27, 64, 13, and 102

  • Location: Various Counties (Chippewa, Dunn, and Taylor)
  • Schedule: July 9, 2017 – October 26, 2018
  • Cost: $3.7 Million
  • Description: Pavement Marking Project
  • Traffic Impact: Expect various single lane closures

Douglas County

Highway: US 2

  • Location: Belknap Street, City of Superior; Banks Avenue to Hill Avenue
  • Schedule: March 19 – October 3, 2018
  • Cost: $23 Million
  • Description: Belknap Street (US 2) will be reconstructed from Banks Avenue to Hill Avenue over two constructions seasons. Work completed in 2017 included the west and east ends of the project from Banks Avenue to John Avenue and Birch Avenue to Hill Avenue respectively. The center section from John Avenue to Birch Avenue will be reconstructed in 2018.
  • Traffic impacts:
    • US 2/Belknap Street – Single lane closures from Mortorelli Avenue to Ogden Avenue.
    • Signed truck detour and alternate route available to bypass project.
    • The project will keep 2 of these 3 side streets open for the duration of the project.
    • Catlin Avenue
    • Lamborn/Grand Avenue
    • Hammond Avenue

Current Side Street Closures

  • Clough Avenue South
  • Baxter Avenue South
  • Cumming Avenue South
  • Hughitt Avenue South
  • John Avenue South
  • Hammond Avenue South
  • Catlin Avenue
  • Weeks Avenue
  • Fisher Avenue

Highway: WIS 13

  • Location: Town of Parkland to Town of Lakeside (6 miles in length)
  • Schedule: June 6 – September 3, 2018
  • Cost: $2.8 Million
  • Description: Milling asphalt, hot mix asphalt overlay, guardrail replacements, new bridge deck at Miller Creek.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures. 

Highway: WIS 35

Location: SLC to Junction with County Highway B
Schedule: July 16 – September 28, 2018
Cost: $7.7 Million
Description: Paving and marking the road, in addition to 4 culvert replacements.
Traffic impacts: Intermittent one lane traffic controlled by a flagging operation.

Polk/Burnett County

Highway: WIS 35

  • Location: Polk Street to Bacon Street, Luck – Siren
  • Schedule: May 29– August 15, 2018
  • Cost: $3.8 Million
  • Description: Asphalt resurfacing project with mill & overlay, guardrail improvements, culvert rehabilitations, construction of right turn lane along WIS 35 NB at County Highway E, shouldering, signing, and pavement marking.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter flagging operations.

Rusk County

Highway: US 8

  • Location: Town of Weyerhaeuser
  • Schedule: July 16 – October 19, 2018
  • Cost: $1.2 Million
  • Description: Replacement of the Weyerhaeuser Creek Bridge
  • Traffic impacts: The EB lane of US 8 is closed at the structure. Traffic is still two way and will alternate and the structure with the use of a flagging operation.

St. Croix County

Highway: I-94

  • Location: Hudson – Baldwin, US 12 to WIS 65
  • Schedule: April 12 – August 1, 2018
  • Cost: $4.5 Million
  • Description: Concrete repair, mill and overlay resurface, beamguard and signing.
  • Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter nighttime single lane closures. Speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH.

Highway: I-94

  • Location: WIS 35 – US 12, Hudson
  • Schedule: March 28 – November 14, 2018
  • Cost: $27 Million
  • Description: Upgrading and replacing deteriorating sections of roadway and shoulders, two bridge decks over Front Street, concrete barrier walls, signs and sign structures, widening a bridge deck over WIS 35 N, and adding two noise walls and three retaining walls.
  • Traffic impacts: A section of I-94 WB and EB from the Wisconsin/Minnesota border to US 12 will have nighttime single lane and double lane closures.
    • Throughout the week various ramps will be closed with detours posted for each ramp.
    • WIS 35N SB to I-94 EB on-ramp & 14th Street on-ramp will be closed until mid-October and mid-September respectively. Detours will be posted for both.
    • Motorists can expect speed reductions to 60 MPH on I-94 EB and 55 MPH on WIS 35 South

Highway: WIS 64 (Loop Trail)

Location: Stillwater – Somerset, Loop Trail System (Ped/Bike Facility), Houlton, WI
Schedule: April 23 – October 26, 2018
Cost: Approximately $4.7 Million
Description: Base Aggregate and Prep for Asphalt
Traffic impacts: Hilltop Drive detour starts on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Flaggers will be utilized

Washburn County/Douglas County

Highway: US 53

  • Location: Minong to Solon Springs
  • Schedule: May 7 – August 21, 2018
  • Cost: $2 Million
  • Description: Grading turn lanes and 4 miles of resurfacing
  • Traffic impacts: Traffic will be bidirectional on the north bound lanes. 

Weekly Construction updates are also available online: https://projects.511wi.gov/weeklyupdates-nw/.


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