WisDOT seeking input on WIS 54 bridge project in Jackson County

Work includes rehabilitating the Douglas Creek and Roaring Creek bridges

Release date: August 4, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is holding a virtual public involvement meeting to obtain input on a proposed bridge rehabilitation project in the Jackson County towns of Irving and Melrose.

The public is invited to visit the project website, review a presentation and other materials and submit comments by Aug. 31, 2023, by:

  • Email: nathan.ulness@dot.wi.gov
  • Mail: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    718 W. Clairemont Ave.
    Eau Claire, WI 54701
    Attn.: Nathan Ulness

Built in 1955, the Douglas Creek Bridge is 0.3 mile north of the WIS 54/County D intersection in the town of Melrose. Built in 1986, the Roaring Creek Bridge is 2.1 miles east of the WIS 54/County H intersection in the town of Irving. Both need maintenance, and WisDOT plans the following at:

Douglas Creek

  • Replace the concrete deck.
  • Complete surface repair of abutments and concrete caps.
  • Clean and paint bearings.
  • Install stainless steel flashing along edge of new concrete deck.

Roaring Creek

  • Replace the concrete deck.
  • Add concrete approach slabs.
  • Add riprap between abutments and stream edge.
  • Replace metal bridge rail with concrete parapets.
  • Replace guardrail and asphaltic flumes at all four quadrants of the structure.

Construction currently is scheduled for 2027. During construction, WIS 54 will be closed to through traffic, with that traffic detoured via WIS 71 and WIS 27.

For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s Northwest Region:

For more information, contact:

Christena T. O'Brien, Northwest Region Communications Manager
(715) 833-9814, (715) 828-9471, christena.obrien@dot.wi.gov