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 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.
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.
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: Stacy.Hagenbucher@dot.wi.gov
- Mail: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Attn.: Stacy Hagenbucher
510 N. Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
- Local officials' meeting: July 13, 2022
- Public involvement meeting: Aug. 4, 2022
- Complete project design: Nov. 1, 2024
- Construction: 2025