HOWARD — A roughly mile-long stretch of Wisconsin 29 will be closed for more than a year because of a reconstruction project at the highway and the U.S. 41 interchange.
Heavy congestion is expected and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes, though traffic still will have access to all businesses in the area.
Eastbound Wisconsin 29 closed Tuesday from Brown County FF in Hobart to U.S. 41 in Howard, according to the state Department of Transportation. Wisconsin 29 will remain open to one lane of traffic and motorists will be detoured from Brown County FF to Wisconsin 54 over to U.S. 41. Packerland Drive will also be closed between Brown County RK and Dousman Street in Howard. The north and southbound U.S. 41 on- and off-ramps at Wisconsin 29 will remain open, though lane closures will start at 6 p.m.
Wisconsin 29 reopened at 5 a.m. Wednesday between Brown County FF in Hobart and Packerland Drive in Howard. However, the highway will remain closed between Packerland Drive and U.S. 41 in Howard, as all Wisconsin 29 traffic will be rerouted to the new Shawano Avenue. Access will be maintained to U.S. 41 from Wisconsin 29. Those changes will remain in effect until April 2014.
Two lanes of traffic on U.S. 41 will be maintained during daylight hours. During evening hours, periodic lane closures are expected.
The project will complete the reconstruction of the U.S. 41 and Wisconsin 29 interchange by adding capacity and high-speed ramps.
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