Governor Evers approves WIS 32 improvements in Oconto County

​Construction and WIS 32 full closure begin April 11

Release Date: March 31, 2022 

(Suring) To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Governor Evers signed $7.77 million contract to improve 10.1 miles of WIS 32 from Trinity Church Road through the village of Suring to County AA in the town of Breed and replace the WIS 32 bridge deck over the south branch of the Oconto River north of County M in Suring. Construction begins Monday, April 11, 2022. A full closure of WIS 32 at the bridge also begins April 11. 

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

Project improvements

  • This is a bridge deck replacement and resurfacing-level improvement project. Work includes: 
  • Mill 4" and pave 4" of new asphalt
  • Increase paved shoulder width by 2’ (total shoulder width of 5' stays the same)
  • Replace/repair culverts under WIS 32
  • Replace sidewalk curb ramps with better alignment, gentler slopes, and detectable warning plate
  • Spot repair or replacement of storm sewer and storm sewer structures (catch basins & manholes)
  • Replace guardrail and pavement marking
  • Construct a new deck surface on the rural bridge over the South Branch of the Oconto River located 1.4 miles north of County M

​Traffic impacts

Bridge deck replacement
  • WIS 32 will be CLOSED at the bridge over the S. Branch of the Oconto River from April 11, 2022 to approximately Memorial Day.
    • This is a hard closure at the bridge (no vehicles will be allowed to pass).
    • WIS 32 will be closed to through traffic between WIS 64 and County M.
    • Access to businesses and properties in the closed portion of WIS 32 will be maintained.
    • Detour: Through traffic will be directed to use County Road M, WIS 55 and WIS 64 to rejoin WIS 32.
    • Temporary business signing information for businesses in the detoured portion of WIS 32 is available on the project construction website.
  • Note: State highway detours are designed for long-haul trucks. Many times, local traffic can find shorter routes using the local road system.

WIS 32 Suring Resurfacing 
  • WIS 32 will have lane closures and flagging operations for most work.
  • WIS 32 will be fully reopened to both lanes of travel on weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday night).
  • WIS 32 from Trinity Church Road to County M/R will be CLOSED for two weeks in July or August. This is required for culvert and storm sewer work.
    • WIS 32 Suring detour: Motorists will be directed to use County H and County R.
    • Access to businesses and properties in the closed portion of WIS 32 will be maintained.
  • Temporary parking lane and sidewalk closures will occur in Suring for storm sewer, curb ramps, milling and paving operations.

Project Benefits
The existing pavement surface and the bridge deck in the project work zones are deteriorating. Improvements will reduce surface roughness and provide a smoother and safer ride for motorists. Improvements will also extend the life of the pavement structure and bridge while reducing future maintenance costs. Repair and replacement of culverts help ensure adequate drainage to mitigate possible flooding. Wider paved shoulders provide a better recovery area for errant vehicles. Enhanced sidewalk curb ramps that meet current ADA standards will provide a safer crosswalk.

More information
Please see the WIS 32 Project construction website for detailed scope, schedule and traffic impacts along with maps, displays and temporary business signing information. 

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 regarding work zone rules for motorists, the law restricting hand-held devices, and general work zone safety information, please see our work zone safety website

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