Multi-year project focuses on U.S. 41 in Howard, Suamico

Oct. 13, 2012
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The Department of Transportation plans to add roundabouts to the intersection of Lineville Road and Deerfield Road shown here on Friday, October 12, 2012. Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette

The project

Reconstruction of the U.S. 41/Lineville Road interchange is scheduled to begin in summer 2013 and be completed by spring 2015, including:
• Rebuilding the Lineville Road bridge over U.S. 41.
• Constructing roundabouts at the northbound and southbound ramp terminals, and at the intersections of Lineville Road with East Deerfield Avenue and West Deerfield Avenue.
• Widening westbound Lineville Road.
• Adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
— Wisconsin DOT

Learn more

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office is holding a public meeting on its plans for the U.S. 41-Lineville Road interchange. The event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 1940 W. Mason Street, Green Bay. A brief presentation will begin at 5:45 p.m. Representatives will discuss the project and answer questions.
Unable to attend? Contact Design Project Manager Paul Vraney at or at (920) 492-2232.
A meeting for area businesses is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the same location.
Go to to see more on U.S. 41 work.
— Press-Gazette


People soon will get a look at plans for another multi-year, multi-million dollar project designed to upgrade the region’s major north-south highway.

A section of U.S. 41 in Howard and Suamico will be widened, the Lineville Road bridge replaced, and four roundabouts are set to be installed at ramps as part of a $26 million project set to begin next summer and continue for more than a year. About 50,500 a day vehicles travel the section of 41, which extends from Duck Creek in Howard to just north of Lineville Road.

The first of the work will begin about July 1, 2013. The balance of the project is to be complete by the end of 2014, though some work likely will continue into early 2015, said Paul Vraney, design project manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“We recognize that there’s going to be some inconvenience to businesses and the driving public,” he said. “We’ll do everything we can to minimize that. The public has been patient and tolerant, and we appreciate it.”

Daily traffic counts on that section of 41 are expected to increase by 80,000 by 2035, DOT said.

Work at the Lineville Road interchange is part of a $200 million effort to bring 41 to interstate standards from Green Bay to Milwaukee to aid commerce and tourism.

By the end of 2016, DOT will have completed most of its work on 41 from Scheuring Road at De Pere to Lineville Road. Construction continues at U.S. 41 intersections at Wisconsin 29, Main Avenue in De Pere and elsewhere in the region. Also on the schedule:

• The start of work, in the fall of 2013, to improve the U.S. 41-Interstate 43 interchange. That project will replace low-speed entrance and exit ramps with longer, straighter, safer ramps.

• Modernization of the U.S. 41-Velp Avenue interchange.

• Completion of a new interchange at 41 and Wisconsin 29.

After a contract for the Lineville Road project is awarded in May 2013, crews will add a third lane to 41 in each direction. Work will require the closure and removal of the bridge carrying Lineville over 41 along the Howard-Suamico town line for part of 2014, as crews add roundabouts at the two ramps that connect Lineville Road to 41, and at intersections with East and West Deerfield avenues.

“We’ll keep Lineville open as long as possible to minimize the impact on businesses,” Vraney said, citing nearby fireworks retailers that do much of their business in spring and summer. “We’d expect to shut down Lineville Road and the ramps from mid-August through mid-October of 2014.”

Two lanes of 41 will remain open throughout the project. But there likely will be a few overnight closures for the placement of girders and other major work.

Closure of the bridge and ramps will require drivers to make adjustments. DOT suggests using Brown County EB and J as alternate routes.

Crews working on the reconstruction of the Cat Island Chain in the lower bay of Green Bay likely will experience some impacts from the Lineville Road project, though a county official said schedules have been adjusted to minimize potential problems.

“We may be mostly done by the time (DOT is) fully under way,” said Mark Walter, facility manager for the Brown County Port and Solid Waste Department, which is a partner with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers on the Cat Island project. He said a contractor hired by the Corps will send thousands of truckloads of stone down Lineville Road to the Cat Island site, beginning as early as this month, but much of that work should be complete by the time DOT closes Lineville Road.

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