Governor Evers approves resurfacing, safety improvement project on WIS 97 in Marathon County

​Project includes modifying intersections, widening paved shoulders and adding rumble strips

Release date: July 21, 2022

To invest in Wisconsin's transportation system, Gov. Tony Evers has signed a $7.21 million contract with prime contractor James Peterson Sons, Inc. of Medford for a resurfacing and safety improvement project in Marathon County on WIS 97 between Northridge Street in Marshfield and Reflection Street in Stratford. Construction is scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 1.

The pavement on this segment of WIS 97 is showing signs of deterioration. In addition, run-off-the-road crashes have occurred throughout the project limits, and crashes have been reported at the County AAA/Galvin Avenue, Staadt Avenue and east County C intersections. To address these and other needs, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation project will:

  • Remove a portion of the existing pavement and place new asphalt pavement.
  • Modify intersections to aid in reducing crashes.
    • County AAA/North Galvin Avenue: Widen the intersection to add median left-turn and right-turn lanes.
    • Staadt Avenue: Widen the intersection to add median left-turn lanes.
    • East County C: Widen the T-intersection to allow for the addition of a southbound median left-turn lane.
  • Make repairs to the bridge over the Little Eau Pleine River.
  • Pave the shoulders, increasing the width of the paved surface from three to five feet and adding rumble strips to improve safety
  • Replace culverts and cattle passes with new culverts.
  • Replace guardrail.

During construction, WIS 97 will remain open to traffic, but motorists can expect lane closures controlled by flaggers. In addition:

  • One lane of traffic controlled by temporary signals will be always open during the work on the bridge over the Little Eau Pleine River.
    • Drake Avenue will be allowed to be temporarily closed while the temporary traffic signals are in operation for the work on the structure.
  • Side road access will be maintained during the project except County AAA/North Galvin Avenue and Staadt Avenue each will be allowed to be closed for a maximum of five working days while the intersection approaches are being reconstructed. The crossings will not be closed at the same time.
  • Driveway access will be maintained throughout the project.

Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-November. The schedule is weather dependent.

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