WIS 44 reopens Friday, Oct. 20 in Fond du Lac County

​Highway reconditioning and passing lane project began May 30

Release date: Oct. 19, 2017

(Fond du Lac County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) northeast region announces WIS 44 from Douglas Street in the city of Ripon to the Fond du Lac/Winnebago County line in Fond du Lac County will be open to traffic on Friday, October 20. The highway has been closed and detoured since May 30 of this year for a reconditioning and passing lane project. Minor landscaping and restoration work may occur next week, but will not affect traffic. The project finishes approximately 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

Work under this $4.7 million project included removing and replacing WIS 44 pavement in the project area, and adding a northbound WIS 44 passing lane from Seelig Way to Page Road and a southbound WIS 44 passing lane from Fletcher Road to just past Springbrook Road. Other work included installing traffic signals at WIS 44/Douglas Street, realigning intersections, adding centerline and shoulder rumble strips, widening shoulders, and improving drainage where possible.

Project benefits include improved safety and better driving surface for motorists. New passing lanes and realigned intersections will reduce travel time and increase safety. Improved lines of sight, rumble strips, and wider shoulders will all contribute to increased highway safety. 

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For more information, contact:
Mark Kantola, Regional Communications Manager
Mark.Kantola@dot.wi.gov, (920) 492-4153