Both projects take place in Barron county on US 53/WIS 48.
- Rice Lake to Spooner, WIS 48 Interchange
- Rice Lake to West Knapp Street, West Avenue Intersection
The projects around the US 53/WIS 48 focus on three primary objectives:
- Improving roadway safety
- Improving operational deficiencies that are unsafe, impact traffic flow or cause driver confusion
- Improve facilities for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles
The projects involve a complete reconstruction of WIS 48 and its intersections with West Avenue. Both the northbound and southbound US 53 ramp terminals will be reconstructed as roundabouts. The highway will be reduced from two lanes to one lane. The Bear Paw Avenue intersection will undergo no major reconstruction but will receive improvements in the form of pavement marking and traffic signal installation.
The construction of both projects is currently scheduled for 2020.
Bi-directional traffic will be maintained while work is performed. Additional staging and temporary widening will need to occur on the west end of the project to accommodate bi-directional traffic. The ramp terminal intersections with US 53 will also be staged; temporary ramps may be required. The reconstruction anticipated at West Avenue may require short term roadway closure.
Traffic impacts at the intersection of WIS 48 with Bear Paw Avenue are anticipated to be less significant. Lane shifts will be required at most road approaches to accommodate overall staging. Closures at Bear Paw Avenue are not anticipated.
Temporary traffic signals may be required at the four intersections within the project limits to accommodate traffic movements from the side roads and ramps. Temporary ramp closures are being considered to facilitate ramp terminal construction. There may be access restrictions due to traffic staging. Detouring WIS 48 is not anticipated at this time.
WisDOT Project Manager
(715) 635-4973, (715) 456-2998
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
Phone: (715) 392-7925
Fax: (715) 392-7863
TDD: (800) 590-1868
WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711