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September 6

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.

Ashland County
Highway: WIS 118 and WIS 112
Location: WIS 112 from WIS 118 to US 2 and WIS 118 from Ashland Bayfield Road to WIS 112
Schedule: July 29, 2019 to October 2019
Cost: $2.9 million
Description: Proposed improvements include milling deteriorated asphalt surface, and CIR (cold-in-place recycling) of asphalt pavement followed by HMA (hot-mix-asphalt) resurfacing. The project also includes improvements to shoulders, curb and gutter, sidewalk, pedestrian signals, signing and pavement marking.
Traffic Impacts: Through September 19: The right lane of eastbound US 2 is closed through noon Friday, September 13, and 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, September 16 to 19. Through September 30: WIS 112/118 has lane restrictions using flagging operations during daylight hours from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Lane restrictions are no longer than one mile, and all side roads and driveways are accessible.

Barron County
Highway: South Main Street
Location: Red Cedar River Bridge, Rice Lake
Schedule: September 17, 2018 to October 2019
Cost: $3.2 million
Description: Crews will replace the Red Cedar River Bridge. Construction will be completed in two stages.
Traffic Impacts: Main Street is open to two-way traffic with stage three traffic controls. Under stage three traffic, two-way traffic will be switched to the east side of the bridge.

Bayfield County
Highway: WIS 13
Location: Tewilliger Creek Bridge
Schedule: August 5 to October 2019
Cost: $808,000
Description: Work includes concrete and asphalt resurfacing, curb and gutter improvements and pavement marking.
Traffic Impacts: WIS 13 will be open with a shoulder closure.

Bayfield and Sawyer counties
US 63
Between County M and Larsen Road, near Seeley and Cable
July 8 to October 2019
$3.8 million
The project involves CIR recycling of existing pavement, HMA overlay, signing, pavement marking and beam guard. Three culvert pipes will be replaced. Curb, gutter and storm sewer will be replaced in Seeley.
Traffic Impacts:
US 63 is open. Lane use will be restricted with flagging operations.

Buffalo County
Highway: WIS 35
Location: Mississippi River tributary bridges, Trempealeau to Fountain City
Schedule: April 25 to September 2019
Cost: $2.8 million
Description: The project includes bridge replacement, concrete approach slabs, base aggregate dense, asphaltic pavement, grading, beam guard placement, restoration and all incidental items.
Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be controlled via temporary traffic signals for all three single lane closures.

Burnett County
Local Road: North Fork Clam River Bridge
City of Shell Lake, T Roosevelt and Bakker Road
August 13 to October 2019
Work to be performed includes asphalt resurfacing, signing and bridge replacement.
Traffic Impacts:
Heart Lake Road and Bakker Road will be closed at the bridge. The following locations will be open:

  • Heart Lake Road east of Bakker Road
  • Bakker Road north of Heart Lake Road
  • The intersection of Heart Lake Road and Bakker Road

Clark County
Local Road: Curley Creek Avenue
Location: County H to Panther Creek Road, town of York
Schedule: July 22, 2019 to September 13, 2019
Cost: $269,000
Description: The bridge replacement project also will include grading, base aggregate and signing.
Traffic Impacts: Curley Creek Avenue is closed. No detour is posted. 

Highway: County E
Location: County N to Willow Road, Village of Curtiss
Schedule: July 15 to September 21, 2019
Cost: $1.2 million
Description: The road will be milled and overlaid. The project also includes concrete sidewalk and pedestrian ramps.
Traffic Impacts: At least one lane will be open to traffic at all times.

Local Road: Meridian Avenue
Location: E Fork Popple River Bridge, town of Green Grove
Schedule: August 14 to late September 2019
Cost: $353,000
Description: Crews will replace the E Fork Popple River Bridge
Traffic Impacts: Meridian Avenue will be closed to traffic throughout the project limits. No detour route will be posted. Local access will be maintained.

Dunn County
Highway: I-94
Location: Knapp Hill from 250th Street to Wilson Creek, between Menomonie and Hudson
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.

  • Westbound I-94 traffic is running on a temporary roadway with 12-foot lanes, 2-foot shoulders and barrier wall on both sides. Traffic will be in this configuration until early October.
  • Eastbound I-94 traffic is shifted to the shoulder from County K to the east end of the project. Two lanes will be open with both lanes shifted, but intermittent closures will be scheduled during periods of off-peak traffic over the next several weeks.
  • The speed limit on I-94 is reduced to 60 mph in either direction throughout the project.
  • Expect intermittent flagging operations at 390th and 250th Street over the next several months.
  • 650th Street and County K are closed to traffic.

Highway: WIS 25
WIS 170 to WIS 64, near Wheeler
June 12 to October 2019
$5.8 million
The project consists of a four-span bridge replacement and 5.6 miles of asphalt milling and overlay.
Traffic Impacts: WIS 25 is closed from WIS 170 to County N. Motorists should expect daily flagging operations from County N to WIS 64 during construction. Two detours are in place:

  • Detour for northbound traffic: Take WIS 170 east out of Wheeler, turn left on County S, then turn left on County N. Continue to WIS 25 and take a right to continue north.
  • Detour for southbound traffic: Turn left on County N and continue until the County N-County S intersection. Take a right at County S and continue to WIS 170, turn right on WIS 170, continue on WIS 170 until its intersection with WIS 25 in Wheeler and then turn left to continue south on WIS 25.

Dunn and St. Croix Counties
Highway: I-94
Between Hudson and Menomonie, near Knapp
March 25, 2019 to November 2019
$57.5 million
A variety of work will be performed on the roadway, including milling, paving, temporary bridge construction and utility relocation.
Traffic impacts:
East- and westbound lane closures are in effect on I-94 from WIS 128 to 160th Street. Westbound traffic has been switched to stage 3 lanes west of County Q.

Pepin County
Highway: WIS 85
Location: US 10 to north county line
Schedule: September 9 to November 2019
Cost: $4.1 million
Description: Mill and pave.
Traffic impacts: There are intermittent single-lane closures with flagging operations.

Pierce County
Highway: WIS 35
Location: US 63 to Coulee Creek, Hager City to Prescott
Schedule: July 16 to October 2019
Cost: $6.6 million
Description: The project includes excavation, base, hot-mix asphalt, guard rail and pavement marking.
Traffic Impacts: There will be single-lane closures with flaggers.

Rusk County
Highway: WIS 40
Location: Chippewa-Rusk county line to US 8, city of Bloomer to village of Bruce
Schedule: July 23 to September 20, 2019
Cost: $4.8 million
Description: Asphalt resurfacing, pavement marking, signing.
Traffic Impacts: During work hours, traffic will be reduced to one lane with use of flagging operations, and one 12-foot travel lane will be maintained. WIS 40 will reopen to two-way traffic with 12-foot minimum travel lanes during non-working hours.

Taylor County
Highway: County M
Yellow River Bridge between WIS 73 and Perkinstown
September 3 to October 2019
The bridge is being replaced.
Traffic Impacts:
County M is closed with a detour.

Sawyer County
Highway: WIS 27
City of Hayward
September 3 to November 2019
$4 million
Construction is occurring between the Namekagon River Bridge and Michigan Avenue. The County B intersection will be rebuilt with new signals, storm sewer and pavement, and traffic signals will be added at Railroad Street. Final signal synchronization between County B, Railroad Street and US 63 will be completed in late October.
Traffic Impacts:
Truck traffic on County B is detoured utilizing WIS 27, WIS 77 and County K. Traffic on WIS 27 is reduced to one lane in each direction.

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) and roughly two miles of approach work.
Traffic Impacts: During construction, I-94 will remain open to traffic. Closures will be maintained on the inside shoulders of both eastbound and westbound I-94. Speed limits are reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph when a lane is closed. Eastbound traffic has been switched to a temporary road, and the switch is expected to remain in place until mid-November.

Highway: US 12
Location: Baldwin to Menomonie
Schedule: August 5 to October 2019
Cost: $1 million
Description: Crews will replace the Dry Run Bridge.
Traffic Impacts: A detour is in place to reroute US 12 to I-94 via WIS 128 and US 63.

Trempealeau County
Highway: WIS 54
Location: US 53 to east county line, Galesville to North Bend
Schedule: July 15 to November 2019
Cost: $4.2 million
Description: The project is a nine-mile rural asphalt paving project including culvert replacement, pipe lining, subgrade improvements, guardrail, new permanent signing and pavement marking.
Traffic Impacts: WIS 54 is open to traffic under flagging operations, and motorists should expect minor delays.

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: The westbound driving lane on I-94 will be closed from Sunday nights at 8 p.m. until 11 a.m. on Fridays. Westbound traffic will continue to use temporary lanes constructed in the median.

Washburn County
Highway: US 63
Location: Shell Lake to Spooner, Green Valley Road to Greenwood Avenue, Poplar Street to US 63
Schedule: August 12 to October 2019
Cost: $3.8 million
Description: Work performed on the project will include resurfacing, curb and gutter replacements, signing and pavement marking.
Traffic Impacts: Work will be performed under daily flagging operations. US 63 will remain open.