Northwest Region

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June 23

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.

Region
Highway:  I-94, WIS 29, WIS 35
Location: St. Croix County, Dunn County, Eau Claire County, Chippewa County
Schedule: May 15 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $3.4 Million
Description: Region wide median cable guard installation.
Traffic Impacts: 

  • Motorists can expect single lane closures both WB and EB on I-94 at night only. Daytime work will commence under shoulder closures (all lanes open).
  • Motorists can expect single lane closures on WIS 35.

Highway: US 12, WIS 93
Location: Eau Claire County, Dunn County, Chippewa County
Schedule: May 31 – September 15, 2017
Cost: $1.4 Million
Description: Region wide crackfill project
Traffic Impacts:

  • US 12 – Eau Claire County (CTH D – E Jct. CTH M)
    • Moving pavement marking operation scheduled for 6/21/2017 and 6/22/2017. There will be no lane closure/flagging operation.
  • WIS 37 – Buffalo County (North County Line – WIS 88)
    • There will be temporary lane closures for the duration of the project, but we will always maintain 2-way traffic with flagging operations. Flagging operations are only allowed during daytime hours. (6/6/17 to 6/23/17). Pavement marking operations potentially Friday or early next week.
  • US 10 – Clark County (Boon Blvd. – East County Line)
    • There will be temporary lane closures for the duration of the project, but we will always maintain 2-way traffic with flagging operations. Flagging operations are only allowed during daytime hours. (6/20/17 to 7/7/17).

Highway:  US 10, WIS 73, US 53, US 63, WIS 35
Location: Clark, Pierce, Pepin, Trempealeau County
Schedule: June 5 – August 2017
Cost: $2.1 Million
Description: Region wide seal coat, pavement marking and sign replacement
Traffic Impacts: 

  • Motorists can expect single lane closures.

Ashland County
Highway: WIS 13
Location: Ashland, Golf Course Rd. to Butterworth Rd.
Schedule: May 15 – October 31, 2017
Cost: $5 Million
Description: This project includes rehabilitation and repair on WIS 13, including asphalt surface repairs and culvert repairs.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect single lane closures with a flagging operation.

Barron County
Highway: US 8
Location: Turtle Lake
Schedule: May – October 2017
Cost: $4.1 Million
Description: This project includes installation of a roundabout at the US63 and County Highway K intersection.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect reduced speeds from 35 to 25 mph and single lane closures.

Bayfield County
Highway: WIS 13
Location: Superior Avenue to 7th Street, Washburn – Bayfield
Schedule: April 17 – June 30, 2017
Cost: $1.7 Million
Description: This project includes the replacement of 18 culverts throughout a 10 mile stretch of WIS 13.
Traffic impacts:

  • During construction, motorists can expect single lane closures under a flagging operation.
  • WIS 13 will remain open to two-way traffic during night time and weekend hours.

Chippewa County
Highway: WIS 124
Location: Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls
Schedule: April – September 2017
Cost: $ 2.3 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:

  • Motorists can expect to encounter lane shifts and single lane closures throughout the project. Speeds will be reduced from 35 to 25 MPH.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained through a sidewalk detour throughout construction. Pedestrians will be directed to utilize River Street, Main Street, and Park Avenue as an alternate route.
  • NB bridge and on-ramp closed to traffic. Two way traffic on SB bridge.

Clark County
Highway: WIS 29
Location: Boyd – Abbotsford
Schedule: April to October 2017
Cost: $6.8 million
Description: Crews will be removing concrete pavement cracking and fatigue locations replacing them with new concrete slabs. Crews will also mill and overlay the eastbound and westbound shoulders on WIS 29 along with replacing bridge wingwalls on three bridges throughout the project limits.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures.
  • Speed reductions from 65 MPH to 55 MPH within construction zones.
  • Crews will be working on both west and eastbound lanes.   

Highway: WIS 29
Location: Chippewa Falls – Cadott (Stillson Creek to 320th Street)
Schedule: April to October 2017
Cost: $22 Million
Description: Crews will perform concrete pavement replacement and repair on the existing concrete pavement of WIS 29. After concrete pavement replacement and repair has been completed, they will place HMA & SMA overlays. The interchanges at County X, WIS 27 and County D will also be repaired and resurfaced.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect to encounter one lane in each direction on WIS 29 between Stillson Creek and 330th Street.
  • The speed limit will be reduced from 70mph to 60mph from Stillson Creek to WIS 27.
  • The speed limit will be reduced from 65mph to 55mph from WIS 27 to 330th Street.

Highway: WIS 98
Location: City of Loyal, South and Main Streets, Helm Street to Elm Drive
Schedule: April – November 2017
Cost: $5.1 Million
Description: Reconstruction of WIS 98 including water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, concrete pavement, and decorative street lights.
Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 98 is closed at the Elm Drive intersection. Main Street is closed from South Street to Elm Drive.
  • Traffic will be detoured via County K, County H, and County Y

Highway: WIS 13
Location: Dorchester
Schedule: June – September 2017
Cost: $3.2 Million
Description: Widen and add turn lanes and traffic signals at WIS 13/ County A intersection.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect single lane closures and a reduction in speed from 55 to 45 mph.

Douglas County
Highway: US 2
Location: Belknap Street, City of Superior; Banks Avenue to Hill Avenue
Schedule: March 16, 2017 to November 14, 2017 and 2018 Construction Season
Cost: $23 Million
Description: US 2 (Belknap Street) will be reconstructed from Banks Avenue to Hill Avenue over two constructions seasons. Work scheduled for 2017 includes the east and west 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: Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures and lane shifts as the project progresses.

  • 6 Day Belknap Shutdown – Catlin Avenue to Hill Avenue
    • Belknap will be shut down from 6:00 am Saturday 6/24/17 until 6:00 am Friday 6/30/17 to complete water main and storm sewer installations.
    • Side roads in this section will be closed at the alleys.
    • Catlin Avenue will remain open during this closure.
    • Hill Avenue will remain open until 6/28/17. At this time, traffic should utilize Elm Avenue.
    • Access to all businesses will be maintained during the shutdown.
    • There will be a three day notice for any interruption to water service.
  • Fourth of July Holiday Weekend
    • The contractor will not be working on the project from noon on Friday 6/30/17 until 6:00 am 7/5/17.

Project Staging, Schedule and Traffic Overview:
Banks Avenue to John Avenue (West End)                           Traffic Control
South Side Construction         4/11/17 – 7/10/17        Bidirectional on the north side.
North Side Construction         7/11/17 – 9/1/17          Bidirectional on the south side.
Median Construction               9/5/17 – 10/6/17          Traffic in the outside lanes.
Birch Avenue to Hill Avenue (East End)                                Traffic Control
South Side Construction         4/17/17 – 7/30/17        Bidirectional on the north side.
North Side Construction         8/1/17 – 10/16/17        Bidirectional on the south side.
Median Construction               10/17/17 – 11/17/17    Traffic in the outside lanes.

Project Detour
There is a signed truck detour utilizing the City of Superior Truck Route. There is also an alternative detour route signed for other traffic to bypass the project.

Eau Claire County
Highway: WIS 27
Location: Augusta, Bridge Creek Bridge
Schedule: April 5 – September 15, 2017
Cost: $1.2 Million
Description: This project includes bridge removal and replacement over Bridge Creek in the city of Augusta.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter shoulder closures and flagging operations.

Highway: US 12
Location: Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WIS 312 to Craig Road
Schedule: May 1 – October 1, 2017
Cost: $3.3 Million
Description:  Work on this project consists of concrete repair, turn lane repair and replacement, curb and gutter, milling, paving asphalt, beam guard, signing, and pavement marking.
Traffic impacts:

  • Currently the outside lane in each direction of US 12 is closed on from Craig Road to Vine Street. While the closure is up, the double left turn lanes at Craig Road will remain open. Two lanes are open during Stage 2 during daytime hours. This closure will stay up through August.
  • Night time closures from 8:00 PM to 6:30 AM are scheduled Monday -Friday nights from Craig Road to WIS 312. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph while the night time closures are up. Night closures will only be set when work is being performed. During night time closures, there will only be one lane open in each direction.
  • The westbound right turn lane on Menomonie Street will be closed Thursday June 22 to Saturday June 24 to allow the NE quadrant concrete pavement be replaced at the intersection. While the turn lane is closed, the through lane will function as a dual through/right turn lane and the intersection will remain open.
  • Milling and paving of intersections and turn lanes is scheduled Friday night July 7 at 8:00 PM to Monday July 10 at 6:30 AM. During this time, the signalized intersections of Menomonie, Cameron, Vine, and Moholt will be closed. They will function as right in right out only with flagging. Two adjacent intersections will not be closed at the same time.
  • No lane closures from Noon Monday July 3 to 6 AM Wednesday July 5 for Independence Day.
  • During the weekend of July 7 – 10, the project will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the entire time.

Highway: US 53
Location: I-94 to Golf Road, city of Eau Claire
Schedule: June 5 – September 22, 2017
Cost: $3 Million
Description: This project includes removing asphaltic surface, concrete pavement repair, beam guard installation, sidewalk improvements, erosion control, pavement marking, and installation of permanent signing, traffic signals and ramp gates.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures both northbound and southbound during off peak hours.

Jackson County
Highway: WIS 54
Location: Melrose to Black River Falls
Schedule: May 10 – September 30, 2017
Cost: $4.7 Million
Description: Asphalt overlay of WIS 54 with bridge rehabilitation on two structures including one asphalt overlay and one concrete masonry overlay. Project also includes widening of existing roadway within the Black River Falls City limits to accommodate a two way left turn lane.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect to encounter daily single lane closures utilizing a flagging operation.
  • The work to be done on the structures will require temporary signals and single lane closures.
  • During the rehabilitation of Trout Run Creek Bridge, John Deere Road will be closed to access on WIS 54 due to the close proximity to the structure and the temporary signal setup. 

Pierce County
Highway: WIS 128
Location: Elmwood, WIS 72 to WIS 29
Schedule: April 10 – July 26, 2017
Cost: $2.5 Million
Description: The project will recondition a 7 mile segment of WIS 128. Work includes replacing and rehabilitating existing culvert pipes, widening shoulders, asphalt resurfacing, replacement and enhancement of existing permanent signs, and new pavement markings.
Traffic impacts:

  • STH 28 Detour will be removed by the end of the day Friday June 23.
  • Roadway will be open to traffic, but there will be crews working to finish up miscellaneous items throughout the project under flagging operations.

Polk County
Highway: WIS 65
Location: Town of Garfield; 40th Avenue to Kennedy Mill Intersection
Schedule: May 15 – August 31, 2017
Cost: $1.3 Million
Description: The WIS 65/ Kennedy Mill intersection will be modified to reduce speeds, allow for better sight distance and enhance safety. Reconstruction of the WIS 65 segment around Mansen Lake will include realignment and widening of the roadway to increase safety. Both sections on WIS 65 have higher than average crash rates.
Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 65 is closed to through traffic between Random Road and County Highway K.
  • WIS 65 will be detoured via WIS 64, WIS 46, and US 8.

St. Croix County
Highway: I-94
Location: WIS 128 interchange east of Baldwin
Schedule: April 3 – November 2017
Cost: $6.4 Million
Description: Build a new bridge west of the existing bridge, reconstruct WIS 128 from 50th Avenue to 56th Avenue including roundabouts at the new interchange ramps, and build a new service road connecting to the north end of the Kwik Trip parking lot.
Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 128 will be open to through traffic throughout project duration
  • Expect flagging operations periodically throughout project duration along WIS 128
  • Expect single lane closures periodically throughout project duration along I-94 in each direction with a speed reduction of 60 MPH

Highway: I-94
Location: Highland Avenue Bridge, 140th Street, Roberts
Schedule: April to October 2017
Cost: $1.5 million
Description: This project is replacing the Highland Avenue, 140th Street bridge over top of I-94, with a new bridge.
Traffic impacts:

  • Highland Avenue, 140th Street, is closed and will remain closed until October 1, 2017.
  • There are full interstate nighttime closures scheduled for week of July 3 to set the bridge girders. Westbound lanes are scheduled to be closed the night of July 5 and eastbound lanes the night of July 6, as weather permits.

Highway: WIS 35/64
Location: Stillwater – Somerset, St Croix River to 150th Avenue
Schedule: May to November 2017
Cost: $6.1 million
Description: Realigning WIS 64 to approach St. Croix Crossing
Traffic impacts: Traffic impacts remain the same as through the winter shutdown. WIS 35 and WIS 64 is bi-directional utilizing 2 crossovers. The speed limit remains 55 MPH in this area.

NOTE: There is no stopping, standing, or parking on the Highway 35 overpass bridge. Although this provides a great view of the new river crossing, accidents can be caused by people slowing down, stopping, or getting out of their cars to look from this point. Please remember to view the new bridge safely!