Governor Walker announces infrastructure improvements completed in Northwest Region of Wisconsin

2017 was a year for enhancing the future of Wisconsin roadways

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announce their “Year in Review” of state and federal projects that were completed in 2017.  WisDOT continued to focus on the effective use of resources, cost saving opportunities, and performance improvement. Mobility, accountability, preservation, safety, and service continue to be the departments’ performance goals. 

“Under Governor Walker’s leadership, WisDOT is operating under a new paradigm. Governor Walker directed WisDOT to reinvest let savings to advance a number of highway projects, identify cost savings and efficiencies, and effectively use its resources while maintaining a focus on safety,” said Dave Ross, WisDOT Secretary. “We remain committed to continuing to move Wisconsin forward in 2018.”

In Fiscal Year 2017, 600 miles of State Trunk Highway and local highways were improved and work was initiated or completed to rehabilitate or replace 387 deficient state and local bridges. In all, more than $946 million in construction projects on state and local road systems were contracted through the Department of Transportation.

Northwest Region project highlights for 2017 include:

  • WIS 13 in Bayfield (Bayfield County): Asphalt pavement replacement and replacement of signs and beam guard throughout a 10-mile stretch of WIS 13.
  • WIS 98 in Loyal (Clark County): Reconstruction of WIS 98, including water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and concrete pavement.
  • WIS 27 Bridge Creek Bridge in Augusta (Eau Claire County): Bridge removal and replacement over Bridge Creek in Augusta. The project was completed 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
  • WIS 35 between Nelson and Stockholm (Pepin County): A 12-mile segment of WIS 35 was resurfaced. Work included beam guard replacement, replacement and enhancement of existing permanent signs, and new pavement markings. Pedestrian ramps were updated and traffic islands were installed in the villages of Pepin and Stockholm.
  • WIS 65 (Polk County): The WIS 65/ Kennedy Mill intersection was modified to reduce speeds, allow for better sight distance, and enhance safety. Reconstruction of the WIS 65 segment around Mansen Lake included realignment and widening of the roadway to increase safety. Both sections on WIS 65 have had higher than average crash rates.
  • US 53 between Spooner and Minong (Washburn County): Resurfaced an 11-mile segment of US 53. Improvements also included culvert pipe repairs and new signing.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581; opa.exec@dot.wi.gov