US 2/53 (53rd Avenue East to County C), city of Superior to town of Amnicon - Douglas County


The project is on US 2/53 from 53rd Avenue East in the city of Superior to County C in the town of Amnicon, all in Douglas County.


The pavement and culverts carrying storm water on US 2/53 are showing signs of deterioration as is the pavement at Rest Area 23 along the eastbound lanes. To address these, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is proposing the following:

  • On US 2/53
    • Making concrete pavement joint repairs and replacing concrete pavement panels.
    • Milling the existing asphalt shoulders and overlaying the shoulders with new asphalt.
    • Milling and overlaying side road connections and WIS 13 ramps.
    • Installing shoulder rumble strips and completing gravel shouldering.
    • Cleaning, repairing, lining or replacing culvert pipes.
    • Resetting culvert pipe apron end walls and culvert sections.
    • Repairing roadway slopes or embankments that have been eroded.
    • Resealing construction joints on the concrete box culvert structure at Bear Creek and replacing the structure's wing walls on south side of US 2/53.
    • Replacing the large signs on US 2/53.
    • Replacing right-of-way fencing along entire project.
    • Potentially adjusting guardrail.
  • At Rest Area 23:
    • Replacing existing exterior facility lighting.
    • Upgrading and modernizing pedestrian curb ramps.
    • Replacing select panels of sidewalk.
    • Completing joints and crack cleaning on existing concrete pavement access and egress to the facility as well as perimeter parking lot.
    • Repairing existing concrete pavement or replacing concrete panels as necessary.
    • Repairing curb and gutter in spot locations.
    • Overlaying existing concrete pavement with asphalt at entrance and exit to the rest area as well as perimeter parking lot.


Construction currently is scheduled for 2028.

  • Work could occur as early as 2026 or 2027.

Traffic Impacts

During construction:

  • US 2/53 will remain open to traffic, but motorists might be limited to one lane in each direction.
    • Delays​ should be expected when traveling through the work zone, especially during community hours.
  • Rest Area 23 repairs might require closure of the facility.

Public Involvement

lease review the following materials for more information about the project:

Comments on the proposed work are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2023, by:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    1701 N. 4th St.
    Superior, WI 54880
    Attn.: Stephanie King
  • Comment form


Stephanie J. King
WisDOT Northwest Region Project Leader
(715) 392-7874

Phil Keppers
WisDOT Northwest Region Project Manager
(715) 395-3027

Jeff Olson
WisDOT Northwest Region Project Supervisor
(715) 395-3032

Christena T. O'Brien
WisDOT Northwest Region Communications Manager
(715) 833-9814, (715) 828-9471

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
Northwest Region, Superior office
1701 N. 4th St.
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 392-7925, (800) 590-1868