Governor Walker approves WIS 22 improvements in Oconto County

​Clearing and grubbing starts March 6. Detour starts end of month.

Release date: March 1, 2017

(Oconto County) As part of his efforts to create jobs and make sure Wisconsin is open for business, Governor Scott Walker recently approved $3.4 million to improve 4.22 miles of WIS 22 from Highland Drive in Oconto Falls to US 141. The project includes pavement, intersection and culvert work. It begins Monday, March 6, with clearing and grubbing operations alongside the roadway. WIS 22 will be detoured at the end of March for pavement and culvert work. The project is scheduled for completion on Aug. 9, 2017.

Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wis. is the prime contractor.

WIS 22 project improvements

  • Reconditioning of WIS 22 via milling the existing asphalt pavement and placing a new asphalt driving surface
    • Base-layer improvements, by adding gravel then a new asphalt driving surface, will be completed in certain areas throughout the project limits. 
  • Grading to bring sloping within current design standards
  • Adding right-turn lanes at County I, Larson Road and Younger Road
  • Removing and replacing two concrete box culverts
  • Replacing existing culvert pipes at various locations
  • Installing new pavement marking and permanent signs

Project traffic impacts

During pavement, culvert and intersection work, WIS 22 will be detoured in two stages to accommodate as much traffic as possible through Oconto Falls. Access will be maintained for property owners and businesses.

  • March 6 to the end of March – Shoulder closures for clearing and grubbing operations.
  • At the end of March to mid-July - WIS 22 traffic will be closed between County I and Duame Road for box culvert replacement.
    • Stage 1 detour:  WIS 22 to County I to County A to US 141 to WIS 22
  • Mid-July to Aug. 9 - WIS 22 will be closed between Highland Drive and Duame Road.
    • Stage 2 detour:  WIS 22 to County B to County A to US 141 to WIS 22

Project benefits

  • Right-turn lanes added on WIS 22 at County I, Larson Road and Younger Road will improve safety for the traveling public.
  • New box culverts are longer than existing structures, improving side slopes and eliminating the need for beam guard.
  • Drainage facilities will be improved.
  • Motorists will experience an improved driving surface on WIS 22.

Motorists are reminded to use caution and remain alert when driving through this or any work zone.

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Mark Kantola, WisDOT Regional Communications Manager
Mark.Kantola@dot.wi.gov, (920) 492-4153