WIS 54, Swanson Road to Seneca Road, Wood County


WIS 54, between Swanson Road and Seneca Road, Wood County


The existing roadway pavement is showing signs of deterioration in the form of transverse and longitudinal cracking. The curb and gutter along the eastbound lanes of Wisconsin River Drive is in poor condition. The curb ramps do not meet current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Proposed Improvements

County Road G to Wisconsin River Drive

  • Remove the asphalt pavement surface and install new asphalt
  • Replace existing culvert at Ripple Creek​
  • Curb ramp replacement

Wisconsin River Drive

  • Narrow the roadway width from 48 feet to 32 feet. This includes removing the outside travel lanes and parking lanes in the eastbound and westbound directions
  • Remove the remaining asphalt pavement surface and install new asphalt
  • Curb and gutter replacement
  • Storm sewer modifications
  • Curb ramp replacement
  • Beam guard replacement

Real Estate

Additional right of way will be required for the construction of curb ramps, including 18 temporary easements and one permanent fee.

Real estate acquisition is expected to occur between spring 2022 and fall 2023.

Rights of Landowners Under Wis Eminent Domain Law [Wis Stats 32.05]

Traffic Impacts

During construction, Wis 54 will remain open to traffic from County Road G to WIS 73/Port Road. Motorists can expect to encounter lane shifts, and single lane closures with the use of flaggers.

WIS 54 and WIS 73 will be closed to thru traffic from Port Road to Seneca Road. Traffic will be detoured using WIS 73 and WIS 13. Local access will be allowed however brief roadway and driveway closures may be necessary to accommodate construction operations.

Public Involvement

Residents and businesses within the project limits have been contacted via mail.


Local officials meeting: July 15, 2021
Public involvement: September 2021
Begin real estate acquisitions: April 2022
Complete roadway plans: November 1, 2023
Construction currently scheduled: Spring/Summer 2024


WisDOT Project Manager, Mark Steidl
(715) 459-6105 or Mark.Steidl@dot.wi.gov

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
North Central Region, Wisconsin Rapids Office
1681 Second Ave. South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-4768
Phone: (715) 421-8302
Fax: (715) 423-0334
WI Telecommunications Relay System TTY: 711
Email: ​ncr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov