WIS 80, Juneau County line to WIS 173 (north), Wood County


WIS 80, from the Juneau County line to WIS 173 (north), Wood County


The existing pavement on WIS 80 will be removed and replaced with new asphalt pavement on top of the existing base course. Along with the pavement replacement, the sharp curve in Babcock will be reconstructed to help mitigate safety issues. Multiple locations of beam guard will be upgraded to meet current standards. Necessary maintenance of several culvert pipes within the project limits will also be completed. The WIS 80 storm sewer system in Babcock will also be upgrade to help improve drainage.

Traffic Impacts

During construction, it is anticipated that WIS 80 will be closed to traffic. During construction, WIS 80 traffic will be detoured via WIS 21, WIS 13 and WIS 173 north. WIS 173 traffic will be detoured via WIS 21 and WIS 13.

Construction operations will be staged on either side of Necedah Road to ensure access to the community of Babcock. Access to residences and businesses will be maintained. However, 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

At this time, we anticipate some Temporary Limited Easement (TLE) acquisitions.

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

Public Involvement

Residents and businesses within the project limits have been contacted via mail. A copy of the project map and exhibit of the curve have been placed at the Town of Remington Townhall, 1596 State Road 80, Babcock, WI 54413, for review.

Here is how to provide input between October 18, 2021 and November 8, 2021:

  • Fill out the online comment form
  • Print, complete, and mail the comment form found in the handout
  • Call or email the project manager listed below

Your input is welcome and appreciated throughout the design process. Deaf or hard of hearing persons needing assistance should contact the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay system (dial 711).

Project Schedule

  • Local Officials Meeting: September 21, 2021
  • Public Involvement: Mid October to Mid November 2021
  • Complete Final Design: May 2023
  • Construction is currently scheduled for 2026 but could begin as early as Spring of 2024


Mike Kretschmer, WisDOT Project Supervisor

(715) 421-8096

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​