WisDOT seeks public feedback on WIS 21 project in Waushara County

Release Date: August 10, 2020

​A public involvement meeting was previously planned to discuss proposed improvements to WIS 21, between Coloma and Wautoma, Waushara County. An in-person meeting is no longer planned based on public health guidance to limit public gatherings.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) North Central Region is seeking feedback now until Friday, September 4, 2020 on the proposed improvements to WIS 21 in alternative formats:

  • Residents, property and business owners within the project limits have been mailed a handout with a comment form that can be sent back.
  • The same materials, including maps with anticipated real estate impacts, are available on the project website (public involvement tab)
  • Feedback can also be submitted via online survey
  • A large handout and real estate maps are also on display at the Richford Community Center and Townhall, W11127 Cumberland Road, Coloma, under the overhang on the south side of the building.

Construction is currently scheduled for 2023. Proposed improvements include: 

  • Pulverizing the existing asphalt and paving 5.75 inches of new asphalt on top with safety edge for a smoother transition
  • Shoulder work, including paved 6-foot shoulders between Coloma and County B to accommodate buggy traffic
  • Lowering the hill west of County B to improve sight distance at the WIS 21/County B intersection utilizing Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding
  • Shifting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail crossing near the Mecan River to higher ground in the west to provide better visibility for hikers and motorists
    • The existing parking area near the trail will be removed and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will construct a new parking area off 9th Avenue
  • Grading and ditch work; culvert replacements or extensions
  • Guardrail replacement at Mecan River and Bird Creek; curb and gutter replacement
  • New pavement markings, signage, and centerline rumble strips

Right-of-way acquisition will be required for this project, including areas or permanent and temporary easements at various locations throughout the project limits. This process is expected to begin in early 2021, direct coordination will occur with impacted property owners.

During construction, WIS 21 will be closed to through traffic and detoured between 4-5 months utilizing I-39/US 51 and WIS 73. Access to residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction with a gravel driving surface at times.

Adjacent property and business owners are encouraged to provide feedback. Deaf or hard of hearing persons needing assistance should contact the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay system (dial 711).

For more information:

Tegan Griffith, Region Communication Manager
tegan.griffith@dot.wi.gov or (715) 493-3710