Governor Evers approves I-43 improvements in Brown and Manitowoc County

Construction March to November 2022

Release Date: March 1, 2022

(Green Bay) To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Governor Evers signed a $23.97 million contract to improve 15.5 miles of I-43 from WIS 310 in Manitowoc County to WIS 96 in Brown County. The project will also improve interchange ramps in the project limits and the WIS 96 bridge over I-43. Construction began Monday, March 7, 2022 and expected to be complete in November of this year. I-43 will remain open during work. Numerous on and off-ramps will be closed for short periods, and the WIS 96 bridge will close for approximately two months. 

Northeast Asphalt, Inc. from Greenville, Wis. is the Prime Contractor.

Project improvements
This is a resurfacing-leveling improvement that includes the following construction elements: 
  • Resurfacing of I-43 with 2-inch mill and 3.5-inch overlay of hot-mix asphalt
  • Concrete base patching
  • Replacement/repair of various culverts, endwalls and cross drains
  • Install shoulder rumble strips
  • Concrete bridge deck overlay on the WIS 96 over I-43
  • Replacement of beamguard to current standards
  • Replacement of right-of-way fencing
  • Installation of living snow fence

Traffic impacts
I-43 will remain open during construction with single-lane closures. Motorists may encounter minor delays during peak traffic times. Other traffic impacts include:  
  • The WIS 96 bridge over I-43 in Denmark will be CLOSED for two months between March and May. No vehicles will be permitted to cross the bridge.
    • A signed detour will be in place for traffic on WIS 96.
  • I-43/WIS 147 interchange: Three-week closures of entire interchange in spring of 2022.
  • I-43/County K interchange: 12-day closure in the summer of 2022.
  • I-43/County V interchange: 12-day closure in summer of 2022
  • I-43/WIS 310 interchange: 12-day closure of northbound on-ramp from WIS 310 and southbound off-ramp to WIS 310 in summer 2022
  • Specific dates and times for all closures, along with detour routes and maps, are available on the I-43 Project construction website

Project benefits
The existing pavement surface on I-43 and interchange ramps in the work zone is deteriorating. This project will extend the pavement service life and decrease future maintenance costs. It will also provide a smoother driving surface for motorists. The living snow fence will mitigate blowing and drifting, which will increase safety and reduce snow removal maintenance costs. Shoulder rumble strips will alert drivers who leave the travel lane. This provides an enhanced opportunity for driver correction and help mitigate run-off-the-road incidents. 

Work Zone Safety
Each year in Wisconsin, both highway workers and motorists are killed and injured in crashes that happen in highway construction zones. Motorists should slow down, be patient and pay attention to their surroundings in this and all work zones.

For more information
Mark Kantola, Regional Communications Manager, (920) 492-4153