WIS 15 - Outagamie County

 Highway Expansion & Hortonville Bypass

Project Overview

Construction Meeting

Please join the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a virtual construction update meeting to discuss upcoming work taking place along the WIS 15 corridor. The intent of this meeting is to share details of work zone operations, staging, and traffic impacts associated with the upcoming full closure and detour of WIS 15 from County JJ to WIS 76. The construction contractor, Michels Corporation, will be available to answer questions and discuss any concerns.

This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams so project staff and the contractor can share project visuals. The meeting details are as follows:

Virtual Public Construction Update

Upcoming WIS 15 full closure

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announces upcoming traffic impacts associated with the WIS 15 Project in the village of Greenville in Outagamie County. The WIS 15 project will be replacing the at grade railroad crossing and roadway up to the railroad crossing during this closure. Drivers can expect WIS 15 between North Road and County JJ to be closed beginning on Monday, October 3 for 30 to 45 days.

Traffic impacts:

  • WIS 15 between North Road and County JJ will be closed for 30 to 45 days beginning on Monday, October 3. Detour as follows:
      • Westbound WIS 15 traffic will take WIS 76 north to County JJ and follow County JJ west to WIS 15
      • Eastbound WIS 15 traffic will take County JJ east to WIS 76 and follow WIS 76 south to WIS 15


Project Location

WIS 15, US 45 to Lily of the Valley Dr., in New London, Hortonville and Greenville, in Outagamie County.

Project overview

WIS 15 is a busy commuter route between New London and Fox Cities area. This project will increase safety, enhance economic development and lower transportation costs in the region by expanding 11 miles of WIS 15 to a 4-lane divided highway bypassing village of Hortonville.

  • WisDOT studied WIS 15 to determine the best way to provide additional roadway capacity and improve operational efficiency and traffic safety. Roundabouts are planned at the two locations, one on each side of Hortonville, where proposed bypass meets existing WIS 15.
    • Capacity must be added to serve existing and forecasted traffic volumes. Heavy congestion is expected by 2025 if WIS 15 is not expanded.
    • WIS 15 to be expanded to 4-lane divided highway.
    • At-grade intersections to be constructed at the two points where the proposed bypass meets existing WIS 15.
  • WisDOT evaluated several corridor alternatives and selected the preferred corridor June 2007.
  • Project cost estimated at $134.7 million.

Construction staging and traffic impacts

Construction will be conducted through different construction contracts. Overall construction began in mid-June 2021 and will extend to late 2024. Construction project contract segments are listed below.

  • Bypass Construction (continues in 2022): Work on the bypass segment (ID 1146-75-71/77) that passes along the north side of Hortonville started in June 2021 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023 . ​The majority of this work is on new location and will not impact WIS 15 traffic. There will be short-term closures to County M and Nash Street within the village of Hortonville. There will also be a longer-term 40 calendar day closure of County MM.
    • Bypass construction project contact:
      • Mark Roesler – Phone 920-362-1632 Email Marc.Roesler@dot.wi.gov.
      • Construction project field house: 204 W Main St., Hortonville
  •  East Segment Construction: Work on the eastern segment from County JJ – Lily of the Valley Drive (ID1146-75-72) will begin in April 2022 and is expected to be completed in late 2023. Construction will be conducted in stages (below).
    • East segment construction project contact:
      • Ben Thompson – Cell: 920-680-7285 Office: 920-468-4771 Email bent@jt-engineering.com
      • Construction project fieldhouse: 215 W Main St., Hortonville
    • Stage 1A
      • Work will build a crossover in the median east of Lily of the Valley Drive and widen WIS 15 between Lily of the Valley and Julius Drive.
    • Stage 1B
      • Traffic will be shifted to the temporary widening as a majority of eastbound WIS 15 will be built between Lily of the Valley and the Watco at-grade rail crossing and a portion of westbound WIS 15 between Watco at-grade crossing and Manley Road.
      • North Road, Julius Drive and Lily of the Valley south of WIS 15 will be constructed during short term closures.
      • Hillview Rd cul-de-sac south of WIS 15 will be built and temporary bypass connection from newly built westbound WIS 15 to the existing Old WIS 15 will be built to allow for construction of the County JJ roundabout in the spring of 2023.
    • Stage 1C
      • WIS 15 will be closed and detoured for 30-45 calendar days in the fall of 2022 to complete eastbound and westbound WIS 15 work around the Watco at-grade railroad crossing between Manley and North Road.
      • During the winter of 2022/23 traffic will be shifted to the new Old WIS 15 east, the temporary roundabout bypass and newly constructed eastbound WIS 15.
    • Stage 2A
      • Work will begin in early spring of 2023 with the construction of the County JJ roundabout and eastbound and westbound WIS 15 mainline from the west project limits to Manley Road.
      • Westbound WIS 15 from Manley to Lily of the Valley will be constructed also.
      • Construction of Manley Road south of WIS 15 and North Road, Julius Dr, and Lily of the Valley north of WIS 15 will be completed during short term closures.
    • Stage 2B
      • Traffic will be shifted to completed eastbound and westbound lanes of WIS 15 as the contractor builds median portions of WIS 15, removes temporary connections, and finishes construction of the multi-use path from Glendale Road to Manely Road.
  • For additional staging details, dates and exhibits, view the WIS 15 County JJ – Lily of the Valley Construction Staging Plans
  • West Roundabout Construction: Work on the roundabout west of Hortonville (ID 1146-75-76) will begin in early 2023 and is expected to be complete in late 2023. Construction will be completed in multiple stages. WIS 15 will be closed to traffic for several months near Givens Road. A detour will follow US 45 to US 10 to I-41.
    • The bypass and eastern segments of WIS 15 are expected to open to traffic in late 2023. A temporary connection will be constructed to tie back into existing WIS 15 just west of County T/Givens Road.
  • West Segment Construction: The western segment from US 45 to County T/Givens Road will begin in early 2024 and is expected to be complete in late 2024.
    • This segment of WIS 15 will be closed during construction and a detour will be established that follows County T to County TT to US 45.

During all WIS 15 construction, business, local resident, and emergency access will be maintained along the corridor.

Project Benefits

This segment of WIS 15 is an important regional route that connects the Appleton metropolitan area with Greenville, Hortonville, New London, and other local communities. Traffic forecasts along the corridor exceed the threshold for a 4-lane facility and analysis shows that without an expansion, WIS 15 has a failing level of service by 2040. In addition, heavy regional traffic currently conflicts with local traffic through the village of Hortonville. Studies show 75% of eastbound traffic and 52% of westbound traffic have destinations beyond Hortonville. A WIS 15 bypass of Hortonville is needed to separate the regional and local traffic. Expansion of existing WIS 15 through the village is not an option due to narrow corridor and severe business/property impacts. Safety is a major concern along the corridor as crash data shows the WIS 15 segments east and west of Hortonville both have a crash rate higher than the statewide average for a rural 2-lane highway. Roughly 300 existing access points along WIS 15 and growing traffic volumes contribute to increasing conflicts along the corridor.

Temporary Business Signing

Temporary business signing may be placed during the detoured portion of the project by filling out a WisDOT business signing permit. All temporary business signing needs approval via the permit before placement to ensure it is in a safe location and does not pose a visual distraction or traffic hazard. The temporary business signing permit is free. Costs associated with creating the temporary sign are the responsibility of the business.

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.
  • Temporary Business Sign permits are available as a fillable-form WORD download (below) or you can request one from WisDOT Project Manager Jesse Hansen, P.E. at (920) 492-5630 or email at Jesse.Hansen@dot.wi.gov.

Please email the completed permit to Jesse Hansen, or if you prefer to mail the completed form, please address to: Jesse Hansen, WisDOT NE Region, 944 Vanderperren Way, Green Bay, WI 54304.

In This Together Business Resource

WisDOT recognizes businesses located in work zones have special needs. 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. For more information, please visit WisDOT’s In This Together website at https://wisconsindot.gov/Together.

WisDOT Project Contact

Jesse Hansen, P.E., Project Manager
Office – (920) 492-5630
Cell – (920) 362-6095
WisDOT Northeast Region
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304