Northwest Region

Weekly Construction Updates

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July 31, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) provides weekly updates on road construction projects in the following counties in northwest Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau and Washburn counties. Schedules are dependent on weather and subject to change.

 Northwest Region Pavement Marking Project
This project will take place in various counties at various locations. This excerpt will be updated weekly with the locations that are expected to be impacted in the following week.
Highway and location: No locations planned this week.
Schedule: May 11 to August
Cost: $1.69 million
Description: Marking pavement.
Traffic impacts: None.

Northwest Region Polymer Overlay Project
This project will take place in various counties at various locations. This excerpt will be updated weekly with the locations that are expected to be impacted in the following week.
Highway: I-94 and US 53
Schedule: July 27 to September
Cost: $1.26 million
Description: Completing polymer overlays on bridge decks.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect single-lane closures controlled by flagging operations in work areas.

Ashland County
Highway: WIS 112
Location: Anderson Creek Bridge, east of the County E-WIS 112 intersection, town of White River
Schedule: June 18 to August
Cost: $646,900
Description: Removing and replacing the bridge, paving WIS 112 on both sides of the structure and installing new guardrail and signage
Traffic impacts: WIS 112 is closed at the project site.

  • Detour: WIS 13, US 2 and WIS 112.

Highway: WIS 13
Location: Between Park Falls and Mellen
Schedule: May 26 to September
Cost: $3.49 million
Description: Replacing and lining culverts between Morse Road in the town of Morse and Jefferson Avenue in Mellen and overlaying the deck over the railroad tracks and Bad River northwest of Morse Road.
Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 13 is closed to through traffic, but the contractor is allowing local traffic through one of two sets of barricades.
    • Detour: WIS 77, County M and County GG.
    • Truck detour: WIS 182, WI 47, US 51 and WIS 77.
    • The detours are anticipated to end at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7.

Barron County
Highway: US 8
Location: Ash Street in Turtle Lake to County P
Schedule: July to September
Cost: $3.14 million
Description: Milling off a portion of the road surface and overlaying it with asphalt, widening the shoulders, installing rumble strips and marking the pavement
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect periodic lane closures in each direction controlled by flagging during work hours Monday to Friday.

Highway: WIS 48
Location: Between West and Bear Paw avenues, city of Rice Lake
Schedule: April 20 to November
Cost: $5.1 million
Description: Reconstructing WIS 48 from West Avenue to Bear Paw Avenue, rebuilding the WIS 48-West Avenue intersection with a roundabout, reconstructing the north- and southbound US 53 ramp terminals as roundabouts and improving the Bear Paw Avenue intersection with traffic signal installation.
Traffic impacts:

  • There is a 12-foot width restriction on WIS 48.
  • The Bear Paw Avenue intersection north of WIS 48 is closed.
  • The West Avenue intersection south of WIS 48 is closed, and it will remain closed until late September.

Bayfield County
Highway: US 63
Location: South Fish Creek Bridge, just south of US 2 in the towns of Keystone and Eileen
Schedule: June 26 to October
Cost: $1.95 million
Description: Removing and replacing the bridge.
Traffic impacts: US 63 just south of US 2 and north of County F is closed.

  • Detour:
    • Passenger vehicles: County F
    • Trucks: WIS 118, WIS 112 and US 2

Highway: US 2
Location: County E to US 63
Schedule: June to September
Cost: $696,000
Description: Rehabilitating and replacing culvert pipe, replacing the asphalt road surface and marking the pavement.
Traffic impacts: Motorists should expect shoulder closures and less than 12-foot width restrictions during working hours.

Highway: WIS 13
Location: Boyd Creek Bridge, about two miles north of the US 2/WIS 13 northbound connection at roundabout
Schedule: May 11 to September
Cost: $1.95 million
Description: Removing and replacing the bridge.
Traffic impacts:  

  • There are left and right shoulder closures.
  • Motorists are using a temporary bypass around the work zone until mid-August, and the speed limit on the bypass is 35 mph.

Highway: Little Sand Bay Road and Old County K
Location: Little Sand Bay Road from Old County K to termini and Old County K from Little Sand Bay Road to Peterson Hill Road and from Peterson Hill Road to Leask Drive.
Schedule: June 8 to September
Cost: $1.79 million
Description: Grading, pulverizing existing pavement and relaying it as base, hot-mix asphalt paving, culvert lining, marking pavement and signing.
Traffic impacts: On Little Sand Bay Road from Old County K to the termini:

  • Traffic will be restricted to a single lane utilizing flagging operations from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and possibly some Saturdays within the construction zone.
  • During those times and days, a 10-foot lane width will be maintained on Little Sand Bay Road. Such restrictions could be up to a mile in length.
  • The road will be open to two-way traffic during nighttime hours, on Saturdays when no work is planned and on Sundays.
  • The east leg of Old County K will be closed to through traffic from WIS 13 to the junction of Little Sand Bay Road.
    • Detour: WIS 13 north to west leg of Old County K to Little Sand Bay Road.

Highway: North Main Street, town of Iron River
Location: Iron River Bridge
Schedule: June 29 to August
Cost: $359,538
Description: Removing and replacing the bridge, asphalt paving and signing.
Traffic impacts: Main Street is closed at the project site.

Buffalo and Trempealeau counties
Highway: WIS 121
Location: WIS 88 to WIS 93, Gilmanton to Independence
Schedule: June 29 to October
Cost: $5.17 million
Description: Resurfacing the highway, replacing culvert pipes and guardrail and cleaning ditches.
Traffic impacts:

  • Flagging operations are in place to control traffic during daylight hours.
  • Traffic is limited to one lane at culvert pipe locations.

Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn counties
Highway and location: WIS 35, WIS 70, WIS 77 and US 63
Schedule: June 1 to August
Cost: $2.72 million
Description: Crack filling; chip, scrub and fog sealing; and pavement marking.
Traffic impacts: Daylight single-lane closures are anticipated on WIS 70 East from WIS 27 South to County W and County GG and the Price County line on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 3 to 5. The project is anticipated to be completed on Aug. 5.

Chippewa County
Highway: US 53
Location: WIS 64 to north county line
Schedule: July 27 to October
Cost: $6.03 million
Description: Milling and overlaying the pavement and completing curb and gutter work.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect single-lane closures both north and south for the duration of the work.

Highway: WIS 27
Location: Between 100th Avenue north of Cadott and South Street in Cornell
Schedule: June 29 to November
Cost: $1.5 million
Description: Replacing box culverts at Seth Creek, Leman Creek, an unnamed creek and Clark Creek.
Traffic impacts: The road is closed at the structure being replaced. The work at Seth Creek is complete, and the contractor is working at Leman Creek.

  • Detour: WIS 29, WIS 178 and WIS 64.

Chippewa, Clark and Eau Claire counties
Highway: WIS 29 and US 53
Location: Various
Schedule: July 13 to September
Cost: $661,344
Description: Install median cable guard.
Traffic impacts: Beginning Monday, Aug. 3, motorists should expect inside lane closures for the week for east- and westbound WIS 29 in Clark County.

  • Lane closures will roughly be in place from about 1.5 mile west of County E to 1 mile east of County E.

Clark County
Highway: US 12/WIS 27
Location: Southeast of Humbird
Schedule: June 9 to August
Cost: $972,608
Description: Replacing the deck on the US 12/WIS 27 bridge over the railroad tracks, concrete approach slabs and guardrail, and repaving the asphalt on either side of the bridge structure.
Traffic impacts:

  • US 12/WIS 27 is closed within the project limits.
    • Local traffic only will be permitted south of County B and north of County Line Road.
    • Detour: US 10, WIS 73 and WIS 95.

Highway: WIS 73
Location: Meridian Avenue to WIS 95, south of Neillsville and Granton
Schedule: May 8 to August
Cost: $3.8 million
Description: Resurfacing WIS 73, replacing or repairing culvert pipes, installing guardrail and marking pavement.
Traffic impacts: There are single-lane closures controlled by flagging operations.

Highway: Pray Avenue
Location: Cunningham Creek Bridge, town of Washburn
Schedule: July 20 to September
Cost: $390,971
Description: Replacing bridge.
Traffic impacts: Pray Avenue is closed within the project limits.

Douglas County
Highway: US 2/53 (East 2nd Street)
Location: Between 2nd Avenue East and 31st Avenue East, city of Superior
Schedule: April 6 to October
Cost: $7.02 million
Description: Rehabilitating one bridge structure; repairing spot locations of concrete pavement and utility manholes and inlets; updating or replacing traffic signals; upgrading or installing curb ramps at pedestrian crossings; and grinding the road’s concrete surface and overlaying it with asphalt.
Traffic impacts:

  • Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction between 2nd Avenue East and 31st Avenue East.
  • The speed limit is reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph during construction.
  • A truck detour is in place because of turning movement restrictions at the intersection of East 2nd and Belknap streets.

Highway: US 53
Location: County T to St. Croix River and County Y intersection, Gordon
Schedule: April 27 to August
Cost: $3.13 million
Description: Resurfacing northbound US 53 from County T to the St. Croix River and improving the County Y intersection.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect single-lane closures.

Highway: WIS 105
Location: Pokegama River Bridge, west of WIS 35 in Superior
Schedule: June 10 to September
Cost: $2.1 million
Description: Removing and replacing the structure.
Traffic impacts: Traffic is using a temporary bypass, and the speed limit is reduced to 25 mph on the bypass.

Highway: North 28th Street and 18th Avenue East
Location: North 28th Street: Hill Avenue to East 10th Street; and 18th Avenue East: East 10th Street to 3rd Street, city of Superior
Schedule: June 10 to July
Cost: $1.06 million
Description: Grading, milling asphaltic pavement, paving with hot-mix asphalt, completing curb, gutter and sidewalk work, signing and pavement marking.
Traffic impacts: None; minor work remains, and the project should be complete next week.

Dunn County
Highway: I-94
Location: 250th Street to Wilson Creek, west of Menomonie
Schedule: Spring 2018 to July
Cost: $30.34 million
Description: Replacing bridges, resurfacing I-94, marking pavement and installing median cable barrier, guardrail, right of way fence and signs.
Traffic impacts: Motorists can expect intermittent flagging operations at 390th Street, 650th Avenue, County K and 250th Street.

Highway: WIS 72
Location: Eau Galle River Bridge, about two miles east of Elmwood
Schedule: April 6 to September
Cost: $1.94 million
Description: Removing and replacing the bridge, grading, signing and pavement marking.
Traffic impacts: WIS 72 is closed at the structure.

  • Detour: WIS 128, WIS 29 and WIS 25.

Dunn and St. Croix counties
Highway: I-94
Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie near Knapp
Schedule: March 25, 2019 to November 2020
Cost: $57.5 million
Description: Removing and replacing concrete pavement and six structures, grading, marking pavement and installing beam guard, cable barrier, right-of-way fencing and signing.
Traffic impacts:

  • There will be intermittent lane closures on east- and westbound I-94 from WIS 128 to 250th Street.
  • Traffic is split in a 3-1 configuration in the Knapp Hill area.
    • The eastbound side of I-94 is carrying the eastbound driving and passing lanes and westbound passing lane.
    • The westbound side of I-94 is carrying the westbound driving lane.
      • Trucks are being directed to stay in this lane.

Eau Claire County
Highway: US 12/WIS 312
Location: County EE/Town Hall Road intersection, northwest side of Eau Claire
Schedule: April to August
Cost: $590,000
Description: Extending turn lanes on WIS 312/US 12 at County EE/Town Hall Road and reconstructing Town Hall Road and Old Mill Plaza north of WIS 312/US 12.
Traffic impacts: None.

Highway: US 12
Location: Elco Road to Oak Knoll Road, between Altoona and Fall Creek
Schedule: June 1 to September
Cost: $1.28 million
Description: Removing and replacing box culverts over Six Mile Creek near Elco Road and Nine Mile Creek near Voight Road and rebuilding roadway approaches to accommodate new culverts.
Traffic impacts:

  • Traffic is on US 12 at Elco Road and will remain there throughout the duration of the project.
    • Flagging might occur the week of Aug. 3 to remove culverts.
  • Traffic on east- and westbound US 12 is traveling on a temporary bypass at Nine Mile Creek to the west of Oak Knoll Road.
    • Traffic is expected to be switched back to US 12 the week of Aug. 3.

Eau Claire and St. Croix counties
Highway: US 12, WIS 64, WIS 65 and WIS 312
Location: Various locations
Schedule: April 13 to fall
Cost: $760,000
Description: Replacing signals, poles and bases and completing beam guard, electrical and signing work.
Traffic impacts: None currently.

Jackson County
Highway: US 12/WIS 27
Location: Northeast of Black River Falls.
Schedule: June 8 to November
Cost: $2.68 million
Description: Removing the existing Allen Creek stone masonry culvert and replacing it with a bridge and removing another culvert south of Allen Creek and replacing it with a culvert.
Traffic impacts: US 12/WIS 27 is closed to traffic in the Allen Creek work zone.

    • Detour: I-94, WIS 95 and US 12/WIS 27.

Highway: County G
Location: Buffalo River Bridge.
Schedule: July 23 to September
Cost: $294,724
Description: Removing and replacing the Buffalo River Bridge.
Traffic impacts: County G is closed to through traffic.

  • Detour: County B, County T and US 10.

Polk County
Highway: US 8
Location: 150th Street intersection, between WIS 65 and WIS 46
Schedule: July 13 to September
Cost: $1.14 million
Description: Adding additional width on US 8 to allow for designated left-turn lanes at 150th Street and installing new asphalt surface on US 8, new pavement markings and signing.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists can expect flagging operations from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • East- and westbound US 8 lanes are reduced to an 11-foot width.
  • 150th Street is closed 300 feet north and south of US 8.

Rusk County
Highway: County D
Location: Deer Tail Creek Bridge, west of WIS 27
Schedule: July 6 to October
Cost: $1.36 million
Description: Removing and replacing bridge, base, asphaltic surface and guardrail.
Traffic impacts: County D is closed to through traffic.

Highway: County I
Location: Deer Tail Creek Bridge, south of Tony
Schedule: July 15 to September
Cost: $448,000
Description: Removing and replacing bridge.
Traffic impacts: County I is closed to through traffic.

Highway: South Hutchinson Road, town of Stubbs
Location: Soft Maple Creek Bridge
Schedule: July 13 to September
Cost: $380,611
Description: Removing and replacing bridge, replacing base and asphaltic surface and grading.
Traffic impacts: South Hutchinson Road is closed to through traffic.

St. Croix County
Highway: I-94
Location: Kinnickinnic River to County T
Schedule: July 6 to October
Cost: $5.04 million
Description: Resurfacing, grading slopes and pipe lining.
Traffic impacts: Work is being completed with single-lane closures during off-peak hours.

Highway: US 12
Location: Between US 63 and WIS 128, east of Baldwin
Schedule: April 27 to October 2020 and June 2021
Cost: $6.2 million
Description: Resurfacing US 12, making repairs to the bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks and safety improvements to shoulders, improving curb, gutter, culvert pipes and beam guard, signing and marking.
Traffic impacts:

  • Motorists should expect single-lane closures with flagging operations in areas where work is happening.
  • Temporary signals are directing single lanes of traffic across the Union Pacific railroad bridge east of Woodville. The lane has a 13-foot width restriction.

Highway: County GG
Location: New Richmond
Schedule: July 6 to September
Cost: $829,420
Description: Replacing one mile of pavement, widening the road and adding new curb and gutter.
Traffic impacts: Road is closed to through traffic and detoured for the duration.

  • Detour: WIS 65 and County G.

Trempealeau County
Highway: I-94
Location: Northwest of Osseo
Schedule: March 25, 2019 to October 2020
Cost: $10.02 million
Description: Removing and replacing four structures – two over County NN and two over the Buffalo River, road resurfacing, installing beam guard, pavement marking, fencing and signing.
Traffic impacts:

  • Eastbound I-94:
    • There are single-lane closures from 5 a.m. Mondays through 10 a.m. Fridays.
  • Westbound I-94:
    • There will be single-lane closures from 5 a.m. Mondays through 11 a.m. Fridays.

Highway: US 53
Location: West junction of WIS 95 to Richter Road south of Whitehall
Schedule: May 27 to August
Cost: $2.4 million
Description: Patching concrete, cleaning culverts and replacing guardrail.
Traffic impacts: The road is closed to through traffic with a signed detour.

  • Detour: WIS 121, WIS 93 and WIS 95.
  • The road potentially could be opened by the end of the week of Aug. 3.

Highway: WIS 93
Location: Indee Boulevard in Independence to the north county line
Schedule: May 4 to October
Cost: $11.24 million
Description: Paving WIS 93, cold-in-place recycling, replacing culverts, lining pipes, updating curb ramps, marking pavement and installing guardrail, signing and centerline and edge line rumble strips.
Traffic impacts: Traffic is being controlled by flagging and pilot car.

Highway: WIS 93
Location: Swenson Lane, town of Arcadia, to Blaschko Avenue, city of Arcadia
Schedule: June 2 to August
Cost: $2.91 million
Description: Resurfacing, rehabilitating guardrail, repairing culverts, widening shoulders and installing shoulder rumble strips.
Traffic impacts: None; project complete.

Highway: County D
Location: Beaver Creek Bridge, just south of the village of Ettrick
Schedule: Late May to August
Cost: $636,264
Description: Removing and replacing the bridge.
Traffic impacts: County D is closed to traffic, but it’s expected to open later in the week of Aug. 3.

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