Governor Evers approves US 51 improvement project in Iron County

​Work includes replacing culverts, resurfacing highway, adding centerline rumble strips

Release date: June 24, 2022

To invest in Wisconsin's transportation system, Governor Evers signed a $1.39 million contract with prime contractor Northwoods Paving of Ashland to improve US 51 in Iron County between County C in the town of Oma to Iron Street in Hurley. Work began on Monday, June 20.

The pavement on US 51 is deteriorating, and some culverts have reached the end of their service lives. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation project will:

  • Replace aging culverts to improve drainage.
  • Remove 1 ½ inches of the existing pavement surface and overlay the roadway with 1 ½ inches of new asphalt.
  • Install centerline line rumble strips.
  • Install thermoplastic snowmobile crossings.

During construction, US 51 will mainly be impacted with flagging operations and temporary shoulder/lane closures.

Construction is scheduled for completion in September. The schedule is dependent on favorable weather conditions and construction progress.

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