WIS 80, Poplar Street through WIS 73/County A intersection, Wood County

​Location

WIS 80, from Poplar Street through the WIS 73/County A intersection, Pittsville, Wood County

Overview

The purpose of the proposed action is to implement the most cost-effective solution to improve ride quality, reduce maintenance efforts, increase safety, improve roadway drainage and upgrade sidewalk ramps.

The existing pavement surface is deteriorating, including numerous cracks and surface distortion that is causing water to pond on the roadway surface. Sidewalk ramps do not meet current American Disability Act (ADA) standards. Safety issues have been identified at the WIS 73/WIS 80 intersection due to the alignment of existing left turn lanes as well as the overall intersection width.

Proposed Improvements

  • Remove and replace the asphalt surface in the driving lanes from Poplar Street to WIS 73
  • Restore deteriorated roadway drainage inlets
  • Replace sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards
  • Replace two deficient culverts –one on WIS 80 and one on WIS 73
  • Modify the WIS 73/WIS 80 intersection from a two-way stop to an all-way stop or a roundabout:
    • ​All-Way Stop: One approach lane in each direction (shared for thru and left turn traffic), channelized right turn lanes, and rumble strips on all approaches except the WIS 80 approach from the south.
    • Roundabout: Single lane approaches are sized to accommodate large trucks. Approaches are curved and include curbs and gutters to slow approaching traffic. Streetlights are provided to improve visibility at night.

Real Estate

Additional right of way will be required for this project. Curb ramp construction will require both permanent and​ temporary limited easement (TLE) purchases. These purchases will allow sidewalk construction and the blending of slopes to match the adjacent ground. Preliminary right of way acquisition locations are shown on the November 2022 public involvement exhibits. Right of way acquisition required at the WIS 73/WIS 80 intersection will depend on the intersection type selected. WisDOT will continue with real estate acquisition through 2024.

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

Traffic Impacts

​​Roadway closures at the WIS 73/WIS 80 intersection will be necessary to complete the intersection modifications. Which roadways need to be closed and the duration of closures may vary depending on the intersection type selected. Detour routes for state roadway closures have yet to be determined. WIS 80 will remain open to traffic while construction is occurring in the city of Pittsville. Motorists can expect single lane closures with the use of flaggers. Short duration temporary driveway closures may be necessary. WIS 80 will be closed to traffic for​ a short duration of time for culvert replacement 0.25 miles south of Poplar Street.

Public Involvement

​November 2022 Update2

:A public involvement meeting was held on Nov. 30 at the Pittsville Community Hall. The following information was presented at the meeting:

Comments for the project are being accepted through Dec. 15, 2022 by:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

1681 2nd Ave. S.

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-4768

Attn: Carolyn Brugman

  • Call or email Project Manager in the contacts below.

November 2022 Update:

Residents and businesses within the project limits, as well as all members of the public, are invited to attend a public involvement meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pittsville Community Hall located at 5291 3rd Ave.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed improvements, including plans to reconstruct the WIS 73/WIS 80/County A intersection as either an all-way stop or a roundabout. Various factors, including public input, will be considered when determining the type of intersection to select ​at this location. A brief update on the proposed improvements to WIS 80 from Poplar Street to the WIS 73/WIS 80/County A intersection will also be provided.

Information such as potential traffic impacts, construction schedules, safety impacts, and real estate acquisitions will be discussed.​

March 2022 Update:

We are no longer proposing to install rumble strips on the WIS 80 approach to the intersection from the south. Lower approach speeds, no existing rumble strips, as well as lack of crash history resulting from vehicles running the stop sign, indicate rumble strips are not needed at this location.

Existing rumble strips on County A will remain. In addition, we are continuing to propose adding rumble strips to both the east and west approach on WIS 73. The proposed intersection will require all traffic to stop. Since traffic on WIS 73 is currently not required to stop, adding rumble strips will increase safety by providing motorists additional notification to stop.

December 2021

Residents and businesses within the project limits were contacted via mail in December 2021. The following information was provided at that time.

Schedule

  • Local officials meeting: Feb. 26, 2020
  • Public involvement: Virtual meeting Oct. 22, 2020 to Nov. 20, 2020
  • Local officials meeting: Oct. 11, 2021
  • Public involvement: Virtual meeting November/December 2021
  • Begin right of way acquisition: Spring 2022
  • Public involvement meeting​​​: Nov. 30, 2022
  • Final roadway plans: Fall 2024
  • Construction currently scheduled for 2025

​Contacts

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).

​WisDOT Project Manager: Mark Steidl, (715) 459-6105

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​
TTY: 711
Email: ncr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov