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

​Location

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

Overview

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

Public Involvement 2

WisDOT is holding a public involvement meeting Jan. 31, 2023. The following information will be presented:

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


Public Involvement 1

WisDOT held a public involvement meeting Aug. 4. The following information was presented about the project:

Project Schedule

  • Local officials' meeting: July 13, 2022
  • Public involvement meeting: Aug. 4, 2022
  • Local officials meeting 2: Jan. 12, 2023 
  • Public involvement meeting 2: Jan. 31, 2023 
  • Preliminary plans: Mar. 2023 
  • Environmental document: April 2023 
  • Final right-of-way plat: May 2023 
  • Real estate negotiations: May 2023 to Sept. 2024 
  • Final plans: Nov. 1, 2024 
  • Construction currently scheduled: 2025 

​​Contacts

Stacy Hagenbucher, WisDOT Project Manager
Stacy.Hagenbucher@dot.wi.gov
(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
ncr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov

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