WIS 116 & Wolf River Bridge, Winneconne

Urban Reconstruction & Bridge Replacement

Project Overview

Welcome to the construction website for the WIS 116 (Main St.) reconstruction and Wolf River Bridge replacement in downtown Winneconne, Wisconsin. Project details, scope, schedule, traffic impacts, detour routes, temporary business signing and information for businesses/property owners in the work zone can be found on this project website.

Note: This website is for WIS 116 construction details only. For information regarding past project design, need and purpose, public involvement and the environmental study, please see the WIS 116 Design/Study website at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/ne/wis116/default.aspx

2018 construction overview

  • Work continues in 2018 on the Wolf River Bridge replacement project. Local traffic across the Wolf River Bridge will be maintained at all times during construction, with the new bridge open for vehicle use by fall of 2018.
  • WIS 116 (Main Street) urban reconstruction begins in March/April this year.  WIS 116 will be closed and detoured in stages. Local access along WIS 116 from the east end of the village to 13th Avenue will be maintained so that local traffic can access the local street system.  The village of Winneconne will also be posting a local detour during the project.
    • For detailed staging schedules, traffic impacts and detours, please see the WIS 116 Construction Schedule/Traffic Impacts webpage
    • Business owners can place temporary signing during construction to direct traffic on alternate streets to their business. WisDOT requires a free permit (see below) for business signing.

Project location

  • WIS 116 (Main St.) from just west of 9th St. to just east of 13th Ave., in Winneconne, Winnebago County.

WIS 116 Project Location

Project construction  

  • Existing bridge over the Wolf River in downtown Winneconne to be replaced with a fixed span bridge just south of the existing alignment. Bridge construction will take place in five stages, with local traffic across the bridge being maintained at all times.
  • Reconstruction of the bridge approaches to extend roughly to 2nd St. on the west and to 2nd Ave. on the east.
  • New fishing platforms to be constructed roughly in the same location as the existing roadway bridge extending from both shores with a gap over the main navigation channel.
  • Remainder of Main St. within the village of Winneconne (2nd St. to 9th St. on the west and 2nd Ave. to 13th Ave. on the east) to be reconstructed as part of a separate project.
  • New storm sewer and utilities under the existing roadway will be replaced.
  • To see detailed bridge and roadway construction displays and exhibits, visit our resources page

Project schedule

  • Bridge replacement construction began September 11, 2017 and continues in 2018.
    • New bridge opens for traffic in fall of 2018.
  • Main St. reconstruction begins in March/April 2018
  • New fishing platforms built in the final year of the project (late 2019)
  • To see schedule and traffic impact information, visit our schedule page

Main Street reconstruction, pre-construction public meeting notice:

The WIS 116 urban reconstruction contractor is required to host a public meeting for businesses and local residents at least one week prior to starting work. Invitations to property owners in the work zone will be mailed. The date/time/location will also be posted on this website.

  • WisDOT will have a construction engineer on-site about two weeks prior to the start of work and continuing full time throughout the Main Street reconstruction. Contact information for the engineer and our field office location will be available at the public meeting and on this website. Our on-site construction engineer will be the primary contact for any construction concerns during the project.

Business signing during detour

Temporary business signing may be placed during the detoured portion of the project by filling out a business signing permit, free of charge. All temporary business signing needs approval before placement to ensure it is in a safe location and does not pose a visual distraction or traffic hazard.

Please keep the following items in mind regarding business signing:

  • Temporary business signing cannot be placed on traffic control devices or state signs. Business signs attached to these devices will be removed.
  • It is encouraged that businesses team up to have multiple businesses advertised on one sign structure versus several individual signs. This makes it easier for travelers to identify signs and find their destination.
  • Download WisDOT Business Signing Permit (WORD)

Temporary Business Sign permits are available as a fillable-form WORD download (above) or you can request one from construction project manager Bill Bertrand by calling (920) 360-3124 or email William.bertrand@dot.wi.gov.

  • Please email the completed permit as an attachment to Bill, or if you prefer to mail the completed form, please address to: Bill Bertrand, WisDOT NE Region, 944 Vanderperren Way, Green Bay, WI 54304.

In This Together program for businesses

WisDOT recognizes businesses located in work zones have special needs. It’s critical that customers have access to businesses and that they continue to visit them, regardless of any road work inconvenience. While signing and other marketing/advertising during the construction is up to the business, WisDOT has business resources available through its “In This Together” website to assist businesses with planning for construction closures and to minimize the impact of construction. On the “In this Together” website, businesses can find:

  • Specially designed workbook for businesses to succeed during a highway construction project, includes information on:
    • Planning ahead
    • Staying informed
    • Keeping customers informed
    • Tips for businesses
  • Case studies that demonstrate techniques that have been successfully used in communities throughout Wisconsin.
  • Promotional samples showing a variety of examples of how businesses have promoted their businesses during construction.

This program is offered to business and community leaders as an idea source as they plan for road construction in their area. Through communication and cooperation, businesses can not only survive, but thrive, when road construction comes to town. Please visit the In This Together website here.

Bridge on-site construction contacts 

Wolf River Bridge Construction on-site engineer

  • Brian Rickert, 920-706-0121

Wolf River Bridge construction on-site field office

  • 27 South 1st Street, Winneconne

WIS 116/Main St. on-site construction contacts 
Main Street Reconstruction on-site field office location (TBA)

Main Street Reconstruction on-site engineer (TBA)


WisDOT Northeast Region Project contacts

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the bridge replacement or Main Street improvement project, please contact any of the WisDOT employees below.

Bill Bertrand, WisDOT Project Manager
(920) 360-3124

Charles Karow, WisDOT Project Supervisor
(920) 492-5997

Mark Kantola, Regional Communications Manager
(920) 492-4153

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Northeast Region
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
Phone: (920) 492-5643
Fax: (920) 492-5640
TTY: 711