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June 14

Weekly Northwest Region Construction Update

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, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau and Washburn counties.

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

For a full visualization of this season’s construction projects, please refer to the 2019 Northwest Region Construction Map. This map includes all projects scheduled for the current season. Some of these projects may have been completed, or have yet to begin.

Barron County
Roadway: South Main Street
Location: City of Rice Lake, Red Cedar River Bridge
Schedule: September 17, 2018 to September 2019
Cost: $3.1 million
Description: Crews will replace the Red Cedar River Bridge.
Traffic Impacts: Main Street will be open to traffic with reduced lane width.

Highway: WIS 25
Location: North of Barron, WI
Schedule: April 30 to June 19, 2019
Cost: $279,000
Description: Crews will remove and replace aging culvert pipes and construct a new bridge over the Barker Creek Tributary.
Traffic Impacts: WIS 25 will be closed within the project limits. A detour route will be posted, utilizing US 8, US 53, and WIS 48.

Buffalo County
Highway: WIS 121
Location: Gilmanton to Independence
Schedule: April 4 to June 2019
Cost: $420,000
Description: The Elk Creek Bridge will be removed and replaced with a new structure.
Traffic Impacts: Traffic on WIS 121 will be reduced to one lane while work on the bridge is occurring. Signals are in place at the project site to control the flow of traffic.

Chippewa County
Roadway: 195th Street
Location: Town of Lafayette, near the Paint Creek Bridge
Schedule: March 25 to May 2019
Cost: $1.1 million
Description: This project consists of retaining wall, grading, concrete sidewalk, concrete curb and gutter, base course, storm sewer, pipe railing, bridge construction, and incidental work.
Traffic Impacts: 195th Street will be closed throughout the duration of the project. No detour will be signed, but alternate routes are available.

Highway: County Highway S
Location: US 53 to Jim Falls; near Chippewa Falls, WI
Schedule: May 14 to late July 2019
Cost: $875,000
Description: This project consists of a 0.3 mile concrete pavement reconstruction of County Highway S between US 53 and County Highway Q. Traffic controls will be staged, and change throughout the course of the project.
Traffic Impacts: County Highway S is open to traffic and will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Traffic control has entered stage 2, which involves rerouting traffic to the westbound side of the median along County Highway S. Traffic will run bidirectionally on this section of the highway and the speed limit will be reduced 45MPH to 35MPH. Westbound traffic will use he temporary bypass constructed during stage 1.

Clark County
Local Road: Owen Avenue
Location: Town of Beaver
Schedule: May 20, 2019 to August 2019
Cost: $720,000
Description: Crews will realign the intersection of Rock Creek Road and Owen Avenue, resurface the roads with asphalt overlay and replace a bridge within the project limits. Grading will be performed as necessary.
Traffic Impacts: On June 10, Rock Creek and Owen Avenue were closed to motorists. No detour is posted.

Highway: County Highway Y 
Location: US 10 to County Highway H, 1 mile north of Chili
June 12 to June 28, 2019
Cost: $484,000
Description: Work being performed in this project includes grading, base aggregate dense, asphaltic pavement resurfacing, guardrail installation, and bridge construction.
Traffic Impacts: County Highway Y will be closed between County Highway H and Panther Creek Road.

Douglas County
Highway: US 2
Location: Belknap Street, City of Superior; Banks Avenue to Hill Avenue
Schedule: 2017 to June 2019
Cost: $23.4 million
Description: Belknap Street has been reconstructed from Banks to Hill Avenue over the last two seasons. Work scheduled for 2019 involves fence railing, pavement marking, and general clean-up.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect occasional lane closures during working hours.

Dunn County
Highway: US 12
Location: City of Menomonie, Broadway Street (Red Cedar River Bridge)
Schedule: April 30, 2018 to September 2019
Cost: $2.9 million
Description: Crews will make repairs and improvements to the Red Cedar River Bridge.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect traffic shifts and lane closures for the duration of the project. 

Highway: I-94
Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie, from WIS 128 to 250th Street, near Knapp, WI
Schedule: March 25, 2019 to November 2020
Cost: $57.5 million
Description: A variety of work will be performed on the roadway, including milling, paving, temporary bridge construction, and utility relocation.
Traffic impacts: Currently, eastbound and westbound lane closures are in effect on I-94 from WIS 128 to 160th Street.

Highway: I-94
Location: Knapp Hill; between Hudson and Menomonie, from 250th Street to Wilson Creek
Schedule: November 2019 completion date
Cost: $30.3 million
Description: Work under this contract consists of grading, base aggregate, concrete pavement, hot mix asphalt pavement, new structures, pavement marking, signing, right of way fence, median cable barrier, beam guard, traffic control, and incidentals.
Traffic impacts: Eastbound and westbound single lane closures are set during off-peak traffic hours. Closures will be set and removed each day. Both lanes will be open during times of heavy traffic.

  • Eastbound traffic along I-94 was shifted to the eastbound shoulder last week from County Highway K to the eastern end of the project. Two lanes will be open with both lanes shifted.
  • The tentative switch date to push westbound I-94 on the temporary roadway has been pushed back to anywhere from June 10 to 13 depending on the speed of barrier wall installation that will occur the week of June 2. Demolition of the existing bridges will start after a 3-day proving period is completed to confirm the safety and utility of the roadway. Depending on the switch date, each structure will be closed for one night starting with 390th. These closures will go from 9:00PM to 6:00AM.
  • Expect intermittent flagging operations at all side roads, including 390th street, 650th street, 250th street, and County Highway K.

Highway: WIS 25 
WIS 170 to WIS 64, near Wheeler, WI
June 12 to October 2019
$5.8 million
The project consists of a 4-span bridge replacement and 5.6 miles of asphalt milling and overlay.
Traffic Impacts:
WIS 25 will be closed from WIS 170 to County Highway N beginning on Monday, June 17. Motorists should expect daily flagging operations from CTH N to WIS 64 during construction.

Jackson County
Highway: WIS 54
Location: Black River Falls to City Point
Schedule: April 29 to late July 2019
Cost: $10 million
Description: This project will consist of 26 miles of cold-in-place recycling, milling and hot asphalt mix overlay along WIS 54.
Traffic Impacts: Motorists can expect minor delays caused by temporary flagging operations. WIS 54 will be open to traffic throughout the project. Single lane closures will be maintained in the eastbound and westbound lanes of WIS 54, from Oasis Rd. to Leicht Rd.

Highway: I-94
Location: Black River Falls to Tomah
Schedule: June 10 to mid-July 2019
Cost: $197,000
Description: Crews will perform emergency repairs on a two-mile highway segment. Work being performed includes milling and hot mix asphalt (HMA) paving.
Traffic Impacts: I-94 will remain open. Single lane closures will be maintained throughout the project.

Pierce County
Highway: US 10
Location: Ellsworth to Durand
Schedule: May 28 to September 2019
Cost: $1.7 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct the Plum Creek Bridge.
Traffic Impacts: US 10 will remain open to traffic.

Sawyer County
Highway: WIS 27
Location: City of Hayward, South Dakota Avenue; West Carol Drive to US 63
Schedule: March 25 to June 2019 & September 3, 2019- November 2019
Cost: $4 million
Description: In the first phase of the project, crews will convert the 4-lane roadway between the Namekagon River Bridge and US 63 to a 5-lane roadway with a two-way left turn lane. Additionally, the existing 4-lane roadway from West Carol Drive to Michigan Avenue will be converted to a 3-lane roadway with a two-way left turn lane. Auxiliary work such as pavement resurfacing and traffic signal installation will be performed as needed.
Traffic Impacts: One lane of traffic will be open in each direction throughout the duration of the project. Motorists should expect to encounter travel delay due to lane closures and flagging operations. No traffic impacts will occur on holidays such as Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Highway: US 63
Location: Between WIS 27 and Larsen Road, near Hayward, WI
Schedule: April 1 to July 2019
Cost: $4.7 million
Description: The project involves removing existing concrete roadway surface, crushing that concrete, and reusing it as base. The new surface will be asphalt. The Hospital Road intersection will be reconstructed on a new alignment. 12 mainline culvert pipes will be replaced. New signs, pavement marking, and beam guard will be installed.
Traffic Impacts: US 63 will be closed beginning on April 8th, with two detours in place. Heavy truck traffic will be routed from Hayward north on STH 27 to USH 2 and then east to the USH 63 intersection (near Ashland/Ino). The car detour will be from Hayward east on STH 77 to CTH OO, continuing north on CTH OO to the USH 63 intersection (near Seeley). Local traffic will maintain access.

St. Croix County
Highway: I-94
Location: 130th Street and Kinnickinnic River Bridges, between Hudson and Baldwin
Schedule: April 1, 2019 to July 2020
Cost: $17 million
Description: Proposed improvements include replacing four structures (two over 130TH street and two over Kinnickinnic River), concrete placement, and sign and sign structures.
Traffic Impacts: During construction, I-94 will remain open to traffic. Motorists can expect to encounter lane shifts and single lane closures on I-94. Motorists can expect 130th Street to be open to traffic with periodic short-term full closures and/or flagging operations. Closures will also occur on the westbound and eastbound shoulders of I-94.

Highway: I-94
Location: Knapp, WI, between Hudson and Baldwin
Schedule: March 28, 2019 to June 7, 2019
Cost: $28 Million
Description: This rehabilitation project will be updating a segment of I-94 by 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 Northern WIS 35, and adding two noise walls and three retaining walls. The project has been completed. Only punch list items and project finalization remain.
Traffic impacts: None

Trempealeau County
Highway: I-94
Location: Eau Claire to Osseo
Schedule: April 9, 2019 to October 2020
Cost: $10 million
Description: This is a comprehensive road improvement project. Work performed on the project will include excavation and placement of base, concrete paving, hot-mix asphalt paving, standard paving, beam guard installation, pavement marking, signing, fencing, mechanically stabilized earth wall installation, and bridge replacements.
Traffic Impacts: An eastbound shoulder closure will be maintained along I-94 for the duration of the project. Eastbound and westbound passing lane closures will be maintained for the week of June 16. These closures will be in effect from 6:00PM on Tuesday to 11:00AM on Thursday.

Highway: US 53
Location: Beaches Corner
Schedule: April 8, 2019 to July 2019
Cost: $800,000
Description: Bridge replacement project over Beaver Creek.
Traffic Impacts: Motorists can expect single lane closures with temporary traffic signals.

Highway: County Highway D
Location: Ettrick, WI to WIS 95
Schedule: May 6 to late June 2019
Cost: $265,000
Description: Crews will remove and replace the Big French Creek Bridge.
Traffic Impacts: County Highway D is closed at the bridge and will remain closed for the duration of the project. No detour will be posted.