Public meeting scheduled to discuss WIS 29 corridor preservation in Marathon County

​The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public meeting to discuss plans to preserve right of way along WIS 29 between WIS 13 (Abbotsford) and US 51 (Wausau)  for future freeway conversion.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Marathon High School Cafeteria, 204 East Street, Marathon City. A brief presentation is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. After the presentation, the meeting will follow an open house format.

The objectives of the meeting are to provide an overview of the purpose and need for the preservation plan, discuss modifications made to the preferred alternative, obtain public input, and explain next steps.

Updates to the preferred alternative, which was presented at a public meeting in August 2015, include:

  • Modifications to four service road locations
  • A future interchange County S

WIS 29 is the primary east-west route across northern Wisconsin, linking the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Minnesota and Green Bay. The purpose of the corridor preservation plan is to officially designate and map the right of way necessary for the future conversion of WIS 29 to a freeway. The proposed action is a long-term, proactive planning initiative that helps local governments, landowners, and businesses plan for land use and economic development.

Currently most of WIS 29, within the corridor study area, 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. By preserving/mapping the right of way now, the public’s long-term investment in this highway is protected.

WisDOT is seeking feedback and any information that will help the department move forward with the next steps to preserving the highway right of way. Adjacent property and business owners are encouraged to attend the meeting. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing 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 (dialing 711).

For more information, contact:
Kristin McHugh, WisDOT communications manager
(715) 421-8380, kristin.mchugh@dot.wi.gov