Governor Evers approves WIS 42 improvements in Door County

Construction begins March 23, 2022

Release Date: March 18, 2022 

(Green Bay) To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Governor Evers signed a $7.49 million contract to improve 7.2 miles of WIS 42 beginning at the south junction of WIS 57 to the Bayview Bridge in the city of Sturgeon Bay, Door County. Construction will begin Wednesday, March 23, 2022 and is expected to be complete in September of this year. WIS 42/57 will remain open during through construction but may be reduced to one lane in each direction during-off peak times. Some intersection turning movements and ramps will be closed for short periods when intersections are reconstructed.

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

Project improvements
This is a resurfacing-leveling improvement that includes the following construction elements: 
  • Concrete pavement repairs
  • Mill and overlay of the existing asphalt pavement sections
  • Asphalt pavement overlay of existing concrete pavement from Duluth Avenue to the Bayview Bridge
  • Miscellaneous pipe and drainage improvements
  • New pavement markings
  • Replacement of beam guard

As requested by and in cooperation with the city of Sturgeon Bay and Door County, the following locally-funded improvements will also be completed as part of this project:
  • Ashland Avenue – widening the intersection radius for the southbound WIS 42/57 right turn movement.
  • Neenah Avenue – widening the north leg of the intersection to create a right turn lane and combined through/left turn lane.
  • County U/Circle Ridge Road
    • Construction of WIS 42/57 right turn lanes to County U and Circle Ridge Road.
    • Widening County U to include a right turn lane and combined through/left turn lane.
  • Reconfiguration of the southbound WIS 42/57 traffic lanes to maintain a single lane through the intersection and offset left turn lanes to improve driver perception/vision.
  • Green Bay Road northbound ramp
    • Removal of concrete barrier and guardrail below the WIS 42/57 overpass
    • Reconstruction of multi-use path with new concrete sidewalk

Traffic impacts
WIS 42 will remain open to traffic throughout construction but may be reduced to one lane in each direction during off-peak times. There may be nighttime closures. The WIS 42 southbound right turning movement to Ashland Avenue may be closed for up to 60 days. The WIS 42 southbound right turning movements to Circle Ridge Road and to Neenah Avenue may also be closed for shorter periods while those intersections are reconstructed. The Green Bay Road ramps may be closed for up to 30 days. Access to various intersections may also be reduced to a single counter-directional lane to facilitate construction operations.

The access point for the multiuse path that connects to County U will be closed while intersection widening is taking place. Trail users will need to use the access point located on Tacoma Beach Rd.  A section of the multiuse path that runs alongside Green Bay Road northbound ramp will be temporarily shifted when ramp construction/closure is taking place. The path will remain open through construction.

For up-to-date times of traffic impacts and detour routes, please visit the WIS 42 Project construction website.

Project benefits
The combination of repairing and diamond grinding existing concrete pavement and milling/overlaying existing asphaltic pavement will reduce surface roughness and provide a smoother and safer ride to motorists.  These improvements will also extend the life of the pavement structure and reduce future maintenance costs.  Various intersection improvements in the city of Sturgeon Bay will improve operations and enhance safety during turning/crossing movements at those intersections. Additional safety enhancements include guardrail improvements and shoulder rumble strips to help mitigate possible serious crashes and alert drivers who inadvertently leave the lane of travel and provide them time to correct before traveling beyond the shoulder.

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​