US 151 Freeway Conversion Study

Project location | Project overview | Schedule | Status/phase | Contact information

Project location

US 151, WIS 73 (Columbus) to WIS 49 (Waupun), in Dodge County.

 

Project overview

  • US 151 Freeway Conversion Study covers approximately 27 miles of US 151. Planning started in July 2007.
  • This study will analyze the US 151 corridor for conversion to a freeway facility. This will entail looking at the removal of driveways that access the roadway, at-grade intersections and railroad crossings.
  • This study will be conducted in three phases, each taking approximately two years:
    • Phase 1 - Data will be collected along the corridor. This entails land use plans, environmental resources, traffic and crash statistics. Preliminary roadway modifications for the freeway conversion will also be developed.
    • Phase 2 - Environmental documentation. An Environmental Assessment (EA) will be completed to determine the impacts of the freeway conversion.
    • Phase 3 - Map the corridor according to Wisconsin Statute 84.295. Mapping will preserve the corridor for future highway use.
  • Removing at-grade intersection and access points will improve roadway safety and the Level of Service. The study will help preserve the corridor for highway purposes.
  • US 151 is designated as a Connections 2030 backbone route, which is an important roadway connecting the south central part of the state with the Fox Valley and Green Bay area.

Schedule

For more information on Public Involvement Meetings (PIM), hearings and other public activities, visit Public involvement.

Current (this year)

  • 2017 - Complete Environmental Document

Future (next year and beyond)

  • 2019-2021 - Prepare official map

Past (anything prior to today)

2016

2014

  • May 20, 2014 - PIM
  • March 27, 2014 - LOM
  • 2011 - 2014 - Environmental study continues


2010

  • Fall 2010 - Summary report
  • 2010 - Environmental study was started


2009

  • July 15, 2009 - PIM
  • May 12, 2009 - LOM


2008

  • June 2008 - Surveys sent
  • April 16, 2008 - PIM
  • February 5, 2008 - LOM


2007-2008 - Data collected

Summer 2007 - Initiated corridor study

Status/phase

  • Study - Long term planning with no construction activity
  • 2014-2017 - Environmental study and documentation preparation
  • 2019-2021 - Prepare official map

Contact information

Mark Westerveld WisDOT Project Manager
(608) 246-5355
mark.westerveld@dot.wi.gov

Michael Bie, WisDOT Southwest Region Communications Manager
(608) 246-7928
michael.bie@dot.wi.gov

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
Southwest Region, Madison Office
2101 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 246-3800
Fax: (608) 246-3843
TTY: 711
Email: swr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov