US 8, WIS 55 South to WIS 32 South, Forest County


US 8, WIS 55 South in Crandon to WIS 32 South in Laona, Forest County


The proposed improvements include:

  • Milling the existing pavement and resurfacing it with new asphalt areas along US 8 within the project limits except for the section between Fire Keeper and Bug Lake roads.
  • Removing the climbing lane from Grandview Avenue to High View Drive and improving storm water drainage in the area.
  • Reconfiguring the lanes between Wildwood and Grandview avenues.
  • Making profile and horizontal adjustments on US 8 between Fire Keeper and Bug Lake roads.
  • Grading slopes and removing cable guard throughout the corridor at existing cable guard locations.
  • Replacing several culvert pipes.
  • Installing a multi-use path that is being designed by Forest County Potawatomi Community from Fire Keeper Road to Love Knot Lane.

​Traffic Impacts

During construction:

  • Traffic on US 8 is anticipated to be detoured for the spot improvements in the vicinity of Youngs and Kwe Da Kik lanes.
    • The proposed detour route will be WIS 32 to WIS 64 to WIS 55.
    • Access to local residents and emergency responders will be maintained at all times.
  • Single-lane closures with flagging operations will facilitate the rest of the construction operations.
  • Temporary driveway closures will be necessary during parts of the construction process. WisDOT will contact homeowners and businesses in advance before closing a driveway.

Real Estate

Additional right of way will be required for this project in the following areas:

  • Sidewalk curb ramps in Crandon to design curb ramps to current standards.
  • On US 8 between Fire Keeper and Bug Lake roads to improve highway geometrics in the area.
  • In areas of cable guard removal to extend the slopes to current standards.

WisDOT expects to begin real estate acquisition in March 2023.

Public Involvement

WisDOT is holding a public involvement meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Forest County Potawatomi Museum and Cultural Center, 8130 Mish Ko Swen Drive, Crandon. The meeting will follow an open house format.

More information about the project and a comment form can be found here:

Comments on the proposed project are being accepted through Sept. 4, 2022, by:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
             Attn.: Stacy Hagenbucher
             510 N. Hanson Lake Road
             Rhinelander, WI 54501

Project Schedule

  • Local officials' meeting: July 13, 2022
  • Public involvement meeting: Aug. 4, 2022
  • Complete project design: Nov. 1, 2024
  • Construction: 2025​


Stacy Hagenbucher, WisDOT Project Manager
(715) 365-5770

Rhinelander Office
510 N. Hanson Lake Rd.
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 365-3490
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711
Fax: (715) 365-5780

Wisconsin Rapids Office
1681 Second Ave. South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
(715) 421-8302
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711
Fax: (715) 423-0334