US 8/WIS 47, Rhinelander


US 8 and WIS 47 intersection, Rhinelander, Oneida County


Several needs have been identified at this intersection, including pavement and safety issues.

There are safety concerns with the current intersection configuration:

  • There have been several crashes at the intersection. The predominate crash type is right-angle crashes (commonly referred to as “T-bone crashes”) involving left-turning vehicles not being able to see around the opposing left-turning vehicles. 
  • The free-flow, right-turn slip ramps for the intersection do not provide adequate room for right-turning traffic to merge safely. 
The pavement is deteriorating:

  • The existing asphalt surface is showing signs of joint distress and potholing due to deterioration of the underlying concrete pavement.
Two intersection alternatives were considered:

After working with local officials and obtaining feedback from the public, the roundabout intersection alternative was selected as the best solution to meet the identified needs at this location. 

Proposed traffic impacts during construction

  • Construction is currently scheduled to take place in 2019.
  • Motorists can expect to encounter temporary traffic signals, lane closures and flagging operations.  
  • Traffic may be detoured.

Real estate

No real estate acquisition is anticipated. 


  • Select preferred alternative - January 2018
  • Complete environmental document - February/March 2018
  • Public information meeting to discuss preferred alternative - June 2018
  • Finalize design - Summer 2018 
  • Construction - Currently scheduled for 2019


Dan Erva, P.E., WisDOT Project Manager
(715) 365-5776

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
North Central Region, Rhinelander office
510 N. Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: (715) 365-3490
Fax: (715) 365-5780
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711