The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) provides a weekly update on road construction in North Central Wisconsin, which includes: Adams, Green Lake, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Oneida, Portage, Price, Shawano, Vilas, Waupaca, Waushara, and Wood counties.
Although construction on most major highway projects in Wisconsin will be suspended during the Fourth of July holiday, motorists might still encounter narrow lanes and lane shifts, which require reduced speeds in work zones.
Construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change and are dependent on favorable weather conditions and construction status.
Highway: US 51 (*updated*)
Location: Between Lincoln County K (Merrill) and County S (Tomahawk)
Schedule: June 10 to early September 2013
Cost: $3.6 million
Description: Crews will repair the concrete surface and resurface the interchange ramps at County K and County S; perform routine bridge maintenance on the County S overpass and apply an anti-skid surface to the bridge deck; and repave the highway shoulders.
Traffic impacts: During construction, motorists on US 51 can expect to encounter single lane closures and a reduced speed limit to 55 mph in the work zone. Some flagging operations will be necessary at the interchange ramps.
Highway: US 51 (*updated*)
Location: at Lincoln County C/North Star Road, town of Merrill
Schedule: May 13 to late September 2013
Cost: $1.8 million
Description: Crews will construct an overpass of US 51 at this location, removing at-grade access to the freeway.
Traffic impacts: During construction, motorists on US 51 can expect to encounter single lane closures. Some nighttime closures of the freeway will be required to set girders for the new structure. When the freeway is closed, motorists will be detoured via County K. Crews plan to set beams prior to July 22.
Highway: WIS 98 (*updated*)
Location: Between County Line Road and WIS 13, Spencer
Schedule: June 3 to mid-July 2013
Description: Crews will resurface the highway, replace some sidewalk and curb and gutter, and reconstruct a railroad crossing.
Traffic impacts: WIS 98 will remain open to traffic during most of the construction activities. Motorists can expect to encounter flagging operations, lane shifts, and side road closures. The railroad crossing is closed until 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 2. WIS 98 is detoured via WIS 73, WIS 29 and WIS 13.
Highway: WIS 153 (*updated*)
Location: between Eastview Drive and Andrys Lane, near the Central Wisconsin airport
Schedule: May 13 to July 2, 2013
Cost: $1.6 million
Description: Crews will mill the existing pavement and replace it with new asphalt. Other improvements include improving storm water drainage by grading ditches, installing new culverts, and installing new curb and gutter at the intersection of WIS 153/County X.
Traffic impacts: The highway will be open to one lane in each direction during construction, but motorists can expect to encounter lane closures and daytime flagging operations. Motorists are reminded to drive with caution as they approach the work zone and should be prepared to stop. To avoid possible delays during peak travel times, motorists should allow more time for travel or use alternate routes.
Highway: US 51 (*updated*)
Location: Marathon County U and K/Business 51 interchange, Wausau
Schedule: April 1, 2013 to late November 2014
Cost: $28 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct the interchange.
? Periodic 5 to 20 minute closures of US 51 will be required for blasting operations and beam placement.
? Motorists can expect periodic, temporary closures of interchange ramps.
? Motorists on northbound and southbound US 51 can expect to encounter single lane closures during off-peak hours. When lanes are closed on the freeway the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph. The freeway will be open to two lanes in each direction during peak traffic hours and on weekends.
? County U is closed at US 51 and will remain closed through September. Traffic is detoured via Westwood Drive and Bridge Street, First Avenue and Third Avenue.
Highway: I-39/US 51 (*updated*)
Location: Stevens Point to Mosinee
Schedule: March 18 to mid-August 2013
Cost: $3.1 million
Description: Crews will improve three bridges between Marathon County C and Locker Road: County C, the WIS 34 interchange, and Locker Road.
Traffic impacts: During construction, motorists on I-39 can expect to encounter single lane closures and speed reductions. When lanes are closed the speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in the work zone. Crews plan to close the Locker Road bridge from July 8 until August 16.
Highway: I-39/US 51 southbound (*updated*)
Location: Between Business 51 and Foxglove Road
Schedule: September 10, 2012 to May 2014
Cost: $12.2 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct the southbound I-39/US 51 lanes just south of the Business 51 interchange to north of Foxglove Road. The I-39/US 51 structure over Business 51 will be replaced and widened. The structure over the Wisconsin River will be re-decked and widened.
? I-39/US 51 northbound is open to two lanes of traffic with a reduced speed limit of 55 mph through the work zone.
? I-39/US 51 southbound will be reduced to a single lane on Monday, July 1, and Tuesday July 2, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. with a reduced speed limit of 55 mph through the work zone.
? A full closure of Business 51 underneath the freeway is planned on Thursday, July 11, from 10 p.m. until 5.a.m. Friday, July 12.
? The on-ramp to northbound I-39/US 51 from Business 51 (Exit 185) in Rothschild is closed. The ramp will remain closed until late August 2013. Traffic is detoured via Business 51 and WIS 29. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow more travel time to avoid delays.
? Business 51 is open to a single lane of traffic in each direction.
Highway: WIS 29
Location: Between WIS 107 and County O
Schedule: August 13, 2012 to mid-November 2013
Cost: $23.5 million
Description: Improvements include: installation of a storm sewer system to collect rainwater and snowmelt; conversion of the two-way, center turn lane into a safety barrier median; removal of all existing at grade intersections besides 144th Avenue which will have right-in and right-out access provided by westbound WIS 29; Maratech Drive will be extended to 144th Avenue; and County O will be realigned to WIS 29 and a new WIS 29/County O interchange will be constructed.
? Blasting operations are under way on County O, north of WIS 29.
? County O (from WIS 29 to Highland Avenue) is closed. The closure is necessary to continue construction of the new WIS 29/County O interchange and the new alignment of County O, north of WIS 29.
? All side road access to WIS 29 (between WIS 107 and County O), except at 144th Avenue, have been permanently closed. 144th Avenue will remain open to right-in/right-out traffic along westbound WIS 29.
? WIS 29 is reduced to one lane in each direction.
? Motorists are reminded to drive with caution in the work zone and should be prepared to encounter slow moving vehicles.
Highway: US 51 (*updated*)
Location: Front Street to Old Hwy 70, Minocqua
Schedule: March 28 to late November 2013
Cost: $4.6 million
Description: Crews will reconstruct the roadway; enhance pedestrian and bicycle accommodations via a wider outside travel lane for on-street bike users as well as a wider sidewalk; install a HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crossWalK) crosswalk just south of Rogers Drive; install new street lighting; replace storm, sanitary and water lines.
Traffic impacts: All lanes to traffic will reopen on June 28. There is no work planned on the roadway again until September.
Highway: WIS 73 (*added*)
Location: Third Court (Plainfield) and Waushara County F
Schedule: June 19 to July 18, 2013
Description: Crews are resurfacing the roadway.
Traffic impacts: The highway will remain open to traffic but motorists can expect to encounter some flagging operations and some delays. Motorists may want to allow extra time for travel or take a different route.
Highway: WIS 73/80 (*updated*)
Location: Yellow River bridge (Pittsville); Rocky Creek (Pittsville); and two Beaver Creek bridges (south of Marshfield)
Schedule: June 3 to late November 2013
Description: Crews are replacing four bridges.
Traffic impacts: WIS 73/80 is closed between River Loop Lane and Wilderness Road. The closure is necessary for crews to replace the structures over the Yellow River and Rocky Creek. Traffic is being detoured via Wood County A, County N and WIS 80 until late August. Crews plan on closing another section of WIS 73/80 on July 8 for work on the Rocky Creek bridge. The Beaver Creek bridge work will begin in September.
Highway: WIS 73
Location: WIS 13/73 intersection, town of Saratoga
Schedule: April 15 to November 1, 2013
Cost: $2.9 million
Description: Crews will realign WIS 73 from Seven Mile Creek to WIS 13, continuing west on WIS 73, and ending just east of Carousel Court; shifting the roadway onto existing Mill Avenue. Improvements include storm sewer installation, intersection improvements, added turn lanes, median islands, lighting and traffic signals. The south intersection of WIS 13 and WIS 73 will be removed. Existing WIS 73 (new Branding Iron Court), east of WIS 13 will be resurfaced.
Traffic impacts: WIS 73 and WIS 13 are reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. Mill Avenue, between WIS 13 and 52nd Street, is closed to through traffic until late September. Access for local traffic to businesses and residences will be maintained.
Motorists are reminded to drive with caution in the work zone and should be prepared to encounter slow moving trucks Motorists should slow down, use caution and stay alert when driving through construction zones. To avoid delays, consider taking an alternative route and avoid peak travel periods.
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