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June 14, 2019 Construction Update

North Central Region Road Construction Update #13

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) provides weekly road construction updates for counties in North Central Wisconsin: Adams, Green Lake, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Oneida, Portage, Price, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood.

The following updates are for the week of June 17, 2019. Construction schedules are dependent on favorable weather conditions and construction progress.

Green Lake & Waushara Counties

Highway: WIS 49

Location: WIS 23 to South street (Green Lake to Berlin)

Schedule: May 13, 2019 to October 15, 2019

Traffic impacts: Shoulders will be closed at various locations in addition to intermittent flagging operations throughout the length of the project. Turn lanes at CTH AA (east and west), CTH V, and the climbing lane at CTH V will be closed for reconstruction.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Remove, grade and prepare the turning lane at County AA, east and westbound. Guardrail work at County V, County A and Springbrook road. Remove, grade and prepare the turn lane/climbing lane at County V, sawing operations at County V, County A and Springbrook road. Remove, grade and prepare the turn lane/climbing lane at County V.



Green Lake County

Highway: WIS 91

Location: Berlin city limits to west Winnebago County line

Schedule: This project was completed on June 10, 2019.


Lincoln County

Highway:  WIS 64 (Bridge Maintenance)

Location: Bridge over the Prairie River, City of Merrill

Schedule: May 14, 2019 to early August 2019

Traffic impacts: Traffic control will be removed by end of day Friday, June 14.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Crack sealing of pier footing, rip-rap placement around the piers if water levels remain low. Pavement marking application throughout the project limits and removal of traffic control devices.


Highway:  WIS 86

Location: Between Price County line (County YY) and the Wisconsin River Bridge in Tomahawk

Schedule: June 12, 2019 to October 17, 2019

Traffic impacts: Traffic on WIS 86 will be reduced to a single lane with the use of flaggers during pavement sawing operations. All traffic lanes will be opened at the end of each work day. The full closure from County O to County E, for culvert and cable barrier replacements, has been pushed back to July 15th.

Detour: Traffic will be detoured via WIS 13, US 8, and US 51. Local traffic will be allowed as signed.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Placement of traffic control signs, staking, pavement sawing and culver pipe installation.


Marathon County

Highway:  County WW (Local Project)

Location: Wisconsin River Bridge, Brokaw (Village of Maine)

Schedule: April 22, 2019 to May 22, 2020

Traffic impacts: Due to inclement weather, pouring of concrete and the full closure previously scheduled for June 14-17 has been delayed until June 21. Traffic is still maintained on a single lane, 10.5 feet in width, on the existing bridge with temporary traffic signals.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Contractors will continue to prepare bridge for concrete pouring.


Marquette County

Highway: WIS 22

Location: Main & Montello Streets, 5th Street to N Junction WIS 23

Schedule: April 30, 2019 – July 2019

Traffic Impacts: Pier work on the Montello and Fox River bridges begin on June 17. Motorists can expect to encounter periodic flagging operations that will temporarily close a single lane over both bridges at times during this work.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Scour mitigation work is planned for the center pier of the Montello River and Fox River bridges.



Highway:  WIS 23

Location: City of Montello

Schedule: April 15th, 2019 to November 15th, 2019

Traffic impacts: WIS 23 is closed from West Street to Lake Street. Lake Street and WIS 23 intersection is closed. Maps of local detours are posted at the website below.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Crews will pour curb and gutter, pour concrete for outfall basin, complete excavation for outfall basin (weather permitting), final grading and seeding of outfall basin (weather permitting) and begin water main and sanitary sewer work at intersection of Lake Street and WIS 23.



Oneida County

Highway:  US 51

Location: Between Minocqua Bridge to Lakeshore Drive in Downtown Minocqua

Schedule: This project has been completed.

Traffic impacts: Traffic control will be removed by end of day on June 14.


Highway: US 8 and WIS 47 intersection

Location: City of Rhinelander

Schedule: June 10, 2019 to October 18, 2019

Traffic impacts: Flagging operations, single lane and shoulder closures. Project detour is anticipated to begin on June 24.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Traffic control preparation for the detour route. The detour route will also be prepped with asphalt milling, replacement and patching as well as gravel placement on the detour route shoulders.



Oneida & Vilas Counties

Highway:  US 51

Location: 3rd Avenue to Tuckaway Drive

Schedule: Spring 2018 to November 2019

Traffic impacts:  US 51 will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction between WIS 47 and Trapp Road. Traffic on US 51 will be restricted to a 12-foot maximum width. Motorists should expect to encounter occasional flagging operations. Motorists are encouraged to consider using WIS 47 as an alternate route to avoid delays at peak tourist travel times.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Crews will pave asphalt roadway, terrace, driveways and parking lots. Crews will apply permanent pavement markings.



Portage County

Highway: Business 51

Location: Mac Arthur Way – Minnesota Avenue

Schedule: March 18, 2019 to Spring 2020

Traffic impacts: An updated list impacts for the week of June 17 is available at the website below on the Traffic Impacts & Schedule tab.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week. Crews will:

  • Continue work on the local utility facilities on Tommy’s Turnpike
  • Work to complete the concrete terrace from Beech Street to Minnesota Avenue on the east side of Business 51
  • Work to complete the sidewalk on County HH from Lower Whiting Park to Locust Street
  • Work to install the curb and gutter on Elm, Willow and Cedar Streets on the east side of Business 51
  • Work to install the curb and gutter for the cul-de-sacs on Beech and Locust Street
  • Work to complete the installation of the remaining driveways on the east side of Business 51 on County HH
  • Website:


Waupaca County

Highway: WIS 22 bridges

Location: Wautoma – Clintonville, at bridges over:

(1) South Branch of the Little Wolf River

(2) Crystal River and

(3) Wisconsin Central Ltd. (CN) RR tracks

Schedule: May 14th, 2019 to August 2nd, 2019

Traffic impacts: Northbound lane closures on all three bridges. WIS 22 will remain open to traffic in both directions. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and temporary traffic signals.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Crews plan to perform more prep work for bridge three deck pour. Asphalt paving is tentatively scheduled with a traffic switch tentatively scheduled for the end of next week.


Highway: WIS 156

Location: WIS 22 to Shawano County Line

Schedule: June 10, 2019 – September 2019

Traffic impacts:  WIS 156 will remain open to a minimum of one lane of traffic at all times. Temporary traffic signals will be used on the bridge over the Wolf River.

Anticipated work schedule for next week: The contractor will finish installing containment, begin removal of the existing paint, and start repainting girders on the WIS 156 Wolf River Bridge.


Wood County

Highway:  WIS 97 (Central Avenue)

Location: Between Arnold street and Harrison street, city of Marshfield

Schedule: May 1, 2019 to August 29, 2019

Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter one-lane traffic in each direction on WIS 97 between Arnold street and Harrison street. Crews will be working on the inside travel lanes of WIS 97 between Arnold street and Harrison street. Pedestrian access to businesses and schools will be maintained during construction.

Anticipated work scheduled for next week: Grading operations and prep work for the concrete base. Crews will finish placing concrete at the base patches and the concrete base at the median.

Crews will continue working on traffic loops and installation of concrete bases for signals at the median islands.



Highway: WIS 186 (NEW)

Location: Bridge over Hemlock Creek, village of Vesper

Schedule: June 17 to mid-July 2019

Traffic impacts:  The north shoulder will be closed. There will also be some short-term lane closures with flaggers present.

Anticipated work schedule for next week: Crews will move into the area. Erosion control will be installed and concrete areas schedule for repair will be cleaned.

Motorists are reminded that using handheld cell phones in Wisconsin work zones is illegal.


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