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


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


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 a 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 be determined as the design progresses. 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 on WIS 80 at the WIS 73/WIS 80 intersection will be necessary to complete the project. A detour route will be provided and indicated through traffic signs. Detour routes for state roadway closures have yet to be determined. Access to local traffic will be maintained during construction. The driving surface for local traffic will be gravel at times during construction. Short duration temporary driveway closures may be necessary. Due to culvert work, there may be short periods of time where WIS 80 is closed completely 0.25 miles south of Poplar Street.

Public Involvement

A public involvement meeting has been held. The following information was presented at the meeting:


  • 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
  • Public involvement meeting: May 1, 2024
  • Final roadway plans:
    • (WIS 80, Poplar Street to WIS 73) Summer 2025
    • (WIS 73/WIS 80 Intersection) Summer 2025
  • Construction currently scheduled:
    • (WIS 80, Poplar Street to WIS 73) Summer of 2026
    • (WIS 73/WIS 80 Intersection) Summer 2026


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).​​

Elle Miller, Project Manager
Phone: (715) 421-8302
Email: elizabeth.miller@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