US 2/US 53 (East 2nd Street) - City of Superior, Douglas County


US 2 and US 53 (East 2nd Street) 2nd Avenue East to 31st Avenue East and 31st Avenue East to 53rd Avenue East in Superior, Douglas County


WisDOT is currently developing plans to resurface and make improvements to US 2/US 53 (East 2nd Street). The projects will include:

  • Spot locations of concrete pavement repair
  • Roadway resurfacing with a course grind of the concrete surface and then asphalt overlay
  • Rehabilitation of three bridge structures
  • Curb ramps will be upgraded or installed at pedestrian crossings
  • Traffic signal updates or replacements 
  • Utility manhole and inlet repairs

Due to high traffic volumes, roadway construction is to be spread out over a two-year period, 2020 and 2021. The projects will be divided near 31st Avenue East (Nemadji River). The total cost for both projects is estimated to range from $10 to $15 million.


2nd Avenue East to 31st Avenue East
Construction begins spring 2020

31st Avenue East to 53rd Avenue East
Design and plan development: Spring 2018-spring 2020
Construction begins spring 2021 

Public Involvement

Traffic impacts

During construction, US 2/US 53 (East 2nd Street) will remain open to traffic; however, traffic may be limited to one lane in each direction. Delays should be expected when travelling the work zone, especially during commuting hours.

Access will be maintained to properties within the work zone that do not have alternate access available outside the work zone. Access to businesses and residences within the construction area may involve the use of temporary driveways and gravel surfaces.

2nd Ave. East to 31st Ave. East

During the first stage of construction, concrete repair of the US 2 (Belknap Street) and US 53 (East Second Street)intersection will be a priority prior to the onset of tourist traffic. Work during the first stage of construction, May and early June 2020, will restrict turning movements a the Belknap Street intersection. For work at the Belknap Street intersection, a detour route will be signed northbound passenger traffic and for all truck and freight traffic.


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

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 North 4th Street

Superior, WI 54880-1068
Phone (715) 392-7925 or toll-free (800) 590-1868
Fax: (715) 715-392-7863
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711