WIS 125 (College Avenue)

Project Location

The project is located on WIS 125, College Avenue, from I-41 to Bluemound Drive, in the town of Grand Chute in Outagamie County.

Project Overview

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the process of developing Design-Build documents for a proposed structure replacement on WIS 125 over Mud Creek just east of the I-41 northbound ramps. The existing structure was originally constructed in 1953, with its last rehabilitation occurring in 1970. The structure has significant cracking in the ceiling and walls and its walls have begun to bow. The current proposal will replace the existing structure with a new structure. ​The existing pavement, curb and gutter, storm sewer and beam guard within the drainage structure footprint will also be impacted by this project. Construction of a left turn lane on Spencer Street at the intersection of Kools Street will also be required to alleviate traffic impacts that may occur due to the natural diversion of traffic around the structure construction zone.

Project Schedule

  • Design-build process is ongoing. A design-build contractor is expected to be selected by summer/fall 2022.
  • Construction is tentatively scheduled for fall 2022 with the majority of the construction work taking place in spring 2023.

Traffic Impacts

Traffic impacts due to this project will be significant with the high volume of traffic that WIS 125 carries. A final traffic control plan has not been established at this time. A detour and alternate route will be posted for this project and will be signed as follows:

  • Alternate route – I-41 northbound traffic coming from south of Appleton will be directed to WIS 441 northbound to WIS 47 northbound with the alternate route ending at the 47/125 intersection in downtown Appleton
  • Detour – The detour will utilize County A (Lynndale Drive) to County OO (Northland Avenue) to I-41, back to WIS 125 (College Ave)
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Real Estate

Right of way acquisition will be required for this project. Acquisition will include areas of permanent acquisition (FEE) as well as Temporary Limited Easements (TLE). The real estate process along WIS 125 and the surrounding area has begun and is expected to take place through the summer of 2022. If your property is impacted, a member of our real estate team will be in contact with you.

Public Involvement

Your comments are important to us to obtain input that will assist the department in the further development of a final design and staging. To provide comments on the project described above, please email or call the project manager listed at the end of this page.

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. WisDOT's In This Together program is offered to business and community leaders as an idea source as they plan for road construction in their area. On the In This Together website, businesses can find:

  • Specially designed Business Coordination Guide for businesses to succeed during a highway construction project, includes information on:
    • ​Planning ahead
    • Staying informed
    • Keeping customers informed
    • Tips for businesses
  • 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 the construction begins.

Project contact

​Jesse Hansen, P.E.
Project Manager
WisDOT – Northeast Region
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304-5344
Phone: (920) 492-5630

Melissa Kok
Regional Communications Manager
WisDOT – Northeast Region
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304-5344
Phone: ​(920) 492-5743