Public information meeting planned to discuss WIS 169 project

Project includes resurfacing highway, cleaning culverts and repairing eroding ditch

Release date: January 5, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is holding a public information meeting to discuss a proposed resurfacing project on WIS 169 in Ashland County from WIS 13 to the Ashland/Iron County line.

  • When: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10
  • Where: Mellen Senior Center, 106 Iron St.

The existing pavement on WIS 169 is deteriorated. To address this and other issues, WisDOT is proposing to:

  • Remove a portion of the existing pavement and place new asphalt pavement on WIS 169 and side road intersections.
  • Clean culverts and ditches where needed.
  • Replace some culverts and place new ones.
  • Repair an eroding ditch.
  • Add centerline rumble strips.
  • Adjust guardrail.
  • Enhance gravel shoulders.
  • Place pavement marking.

To repair the eroding ditch, work will temporarily encroach on Copper Falls State Park property.

During construction, WIS 169 will remain open to a single lane of traffic, except for a one-week closure to upgrade a rail crossing.

Construction currently is scheduled for 2026, but work could be advanced to 2025 if funding becomes available.

​For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s Northwest Region:

For more information, contact:

Christena T. O'Brien, Northwest Region Communications Manager
(715) 833-9814, (715) 828-9471,