WIS 32 Project - Oconto County

Project locationThis project is scheduled for construction this year. All construction​ details and traffic impacts are now on the 511 Wisconsin WIS 32 Project Construction Website

Information below is for reference only. Please see the project construction website for up-to-date construction details.

Project location

  • WIS 32 from Trinity Church Road through the village of Suring to County AA in the town of Breed, Oconto County​. This is one of five project scheduled or completed on WIS 32 between Gillett and Lakewood.
  • Bridge over south branch of Oconto River north of County M

Project need

New pavement is needed to address the rutted and cracked pavement, which is reaching the end of its service life. Wider paved shoulders provide a better recovery area for errant vehicles. Rumble strips on the centerline and shoulders provide warning to errant vehicles. The sidewalk curb ramps do not meet current standards. Also, many culverts under WIS 32 and the guardrail at the bridge in Suring are reaching their service life and in need​ of replacement.

Project handout

WisDOT has created a public handout for the this project. Please feel free to download, print and share with anyone who does not have access to this website. The handout includes a prepaid mailer for public comments.

Proposed improvements

WisDOT is proposing to improve 10 miles of WIS 32. Proposed improvements include:

  • Place new asphalt pavement
  • Replace and repair culverts under WIS 32​
  • Replace sidewalk curb ramps with better alignment, gentler slopes, and detectable warning plate
  • Repair storm sewer
  • Replace guardrail
  • Spot repairs or replacements of the storm sewer in Suring
    • Replacing about 800 feet of storm sewer pipe in various locations on WIS 32
    • Replacing 23 storm sewer structures (catch basins & manholes)
    • Repairing 16 storm sewer structures

Bridge project north of County M
WisDOT will also construct a new deck surface on the rural bridge over the South Branch of the Oconto River located 1.4 miles north of County M. This is a separate project scheduled to be constructed concurrently with WIS 32 resurfacing.

Traffic impacts

​A short-term closure of WIS 32 and flagging operations are proposed for resurfacing. The majority of the project will be completed under flagging operations, with one lane closed. Short traffic delays within the project work zone can be expected.

  • A two-week closure of WIS 32 from Trinity Church Road to County M/R is required for culvert and storm sewer work.
    • Access to businesses and properties in the work zone will be maintained.
    • There may be hard closures at spot locations. When these occur, local traffic will access properties from only one direction.
  • WIS 32 will be reopened on weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday night)
  • Temporary parking lane closures in Suring for storm sewer, curb ramps, milling and paving operations.
  • Sidewalk closures with pedestrian detour in Suring
  • Short-term passing and climbing lane closures

Bridge deck construction traffic impacts

A long-term closure of the WIS 32 bridge over the S. Branch of the Oconto River (project 9190-28-00) will occur during bridge deck construction. A hard closure of the bridge is expect for approximately 2 months. This bridge is located 1.4 miles north of County M (on WIS 32). The bridge deck project is schedule to be constructed concurrently with this project. However, the two detours will NOT occur at the same time. 

  • WIS 32 bridge detour: The detour route for the bridge deck project will follow County Road M, WIS 55 and WIS 64 to rejoin WIS 32.


  • ​Design: 2021
  • Construction: 2022

Please see the WIS 32 construction website for construction details.


Please read the project details and send any questions or comments to the project team. The team can be reached by:


Ken Baierl, P.E., Project Leader
(920) 366-2272

Kurt Vogel​, P.E. Project Manager
(920) 492-7706

WisDOT In This Together Program for Businesses

WisDOT recognizes businesses located in work zones have special needs. It's critical that customers have access to businesses, and that they continue to visit them, regardless of any road work inconvenience. This program is offered to business and community leaders as an idea source as they plan for road construction in their area. WisDOT’s In This Together program for businesses includes:

  • Specially designed business guide with information on:
    • Planning ahead
    • Staying informed
    • Keeping customers informed
    • Tips for businesses during design and construction
  • Case studies that demonstrate techniques that have been successfully used in
  • communities throughout Wisconsin.
  • Promotional samples showing a variety of examples of how businesses have promoted their businesses during construction.

​During construction, temporary signing for business will be available. While signing and other marketing/advertising during the construction is up to the business, WisDOT encourages businesses to use the resources above to assist them with planning for construction before construction begins.