US 45 Shawano County


US 45 Shawano County

  • Menzel Road to WIS 29

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We identified several needs on US 45 between Menzel Road and WIS 29:

  • Deteriorating pavement and wheel path rutting
  • Deteriorated curb and gutter at the Embarrass River and Sycamore Street intersection
  • Deteriorated box culvert located just north of County J in Tigerton
  • Deteriorating bridge deck over the Embarrass River, just north of County M in Tigerton
  • The guardrail at both the Embarrass River bridge and the box culvert, does not meet current standards
  • The curb ramp at the County M intersection does not meet current ADA standards
  • Four small pipe culverts, located between WIS 153 and Red Oak Lane, are deteriorating and not performing correctly

Proposed improvements

  • Replace the pavement to improve ride quality
  • Install new curb and gutter at the Embarrass River bridge and the Sycamore Street intersection to improve drainage
  • Replace the box culvert just north of County J
  • Resurface the Embarrass River bridge deck to prolong the life of the bridge
  • Replace the guardrail at the Embarrass River bridge
  • Install ADA compliant curb ramps at the County M intersection
  • Replace four small culvert pipes to improve drainage
  • Install new road signs and pavement markings

To improve safety, we are planning to install centerline rumble strips. Rumble strips help to reduce crashes by alerting drivers of a lane departure through vibration and noise created when a vehicle's tires contact the rumble strip. They are especially helpful during bad weather such as rain, snow or fog when visibility of the centerline is reduced. Rumble strips also help to reduce inattentive driving crashes due to fatigue, drowsiness and inattention.

Traffic impacts

An improvement project is currently scheduled for 2020. During construction motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures, flagging operations, and temporary traffic signals.


  • Complete environmental document - May 2016
  • Final plans complete - August 2019
  • Construction currently scheduled - summer 2020 but could occur as early as summer 2018


Jim Volkmann, P.E., WisDOT Project Manager
(715) 365-5773

Kristin McHugh, WisDOT North Central Region Communications Manager
(715) 421-8380

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
North Central Region, Rhinelander office
510 N. Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: (715) 365-3490
Fax: (715) 365-5780
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711