The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is proposing improvements to a 19-mile stretch of WIS 23 from US 151 to County P in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan Counties. In this area, WIS 23 is a critical east-west connector between two Interstate highways, I-41 in Fond du Lac and I-43 in Sheboygan, serving freight and local, regional, and statewide traffic. The majority of WIS 23 from US 151 to County P is a rural, 2-lane highway, with significant safety, access, and operational concerns. Improvements are being considered to address these concerns.
WisDOT, with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will be preparing a limited scope supplemental environmental impact statement (LSSEIS) for this project. An LSSEIS reviews certain aspects of an existing environmental impact statement. See 23 CFR s. 771.130(f). During recent litigation, a federal court raised concerns with how WisDOT discussed its traffic forecasting methodology in its 2014 environmental document, and with how WisDOT accounted for updated municipal- and county-level population projections. WisDOT will use the LSSEIS document process to address the court’s concerns, as well as to update prior analyses, as needed, since the study’s prior Record of Decision (ROD) was issued in March 2014.
The following dates show key process milestones. The dates are subject to change as the study progresses, and WisDOT will update this information when further details become available.
- August 2017 – WisDOT and FHWA will kick off the LSSEIS document process.
- Fall 2017 – WisDOT and FHWA will host a public involvement meeting.
- Early 2018 – WisDOT and FHWA will make the draft LSSEIS publicly available.
- Spring 2018 – WisDOT and FHWA will host a public hearing on the project.
- Summer 2018 – WisDOT and FHWA will publish the Final LSSEIS and ROD.