Public meeting scheduled to discuss WIS 29 corridor preservation plan in Marathon, Shawano counties

​The meeting will focus on the highway between Marathon County Q (Ringle) and US 45 (Wittenberg)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public meeting to discuss plans to preserve right of way along WIS 29 (Ringle to Wittenberg) for future freeway conversion.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on November 2, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marathon County Public Library in Hatley, 435 Curtis Avenue, Hatley. A brief presentation will begin at 5:15 p.m. 

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an overview of the plan, discuss the preferred alternative for the future freeway conversion of this section of WIS 29, and update the public on next steps, which include: officially mapping the right of way, two public hearings, and formal freeway designation. 

WIS 29 is the primary east-west route across northern Wisconsin, linking the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Minnesota and Green Bay. By preserving/mapping the right of way now, the public’s long-term investment in this highway is protected. Corridor preservation also provides local communities the necessary information for future development and land use decisions.

This section of WIS 29 currently operates, as an “expressway.” Expressways provide access to and from the highway through interchanges, local roads, and private driveways. As WIS 29 is converted to a freeway, all the at-grade, stop-controlled intersections would be replaced by well-spaced interchanges, grade separations (overpasses or underpasses), cul-de-sacs, and alternate connections that safely balance the access needs of the adjacent areas with the safety of the highway.

There are no construction projects associated with the study. The highway will be converted to a freeway as mobility and safety needs warrant changes, and as funding becomes available.

WisDOT is seeking feedback and any information that will help the department move forward with the next steps to preserve the highway right of way. Adjacent property and business owners are encouraged to attend the meeting. Citizens who are hearing impaired and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Kristin McHugh at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (711).

For more information, contact:

Kristin McHugh, WisDOT Region Communications Manager
(715) 421-8380, kristin.mchugh@dot.wi.gov