WIS 38 (Northwestern Ave) Root River Bridge Reconstruction – Racine County


WIS 38 between County MM and Rapids Drive - Racine County



The proposed project will address the deteriorated bridge structure built over the Root River, and improve overall traffic operations and safety within the project corridor.


Project overview map

  • Replace the over 60-year old bridge with a brand-new bridge
  • Replace pavement between County MM and Rapids Drive
  • Reconfiguration of WIS 38 and Rapids Drive intersection for improved traffic flow
  • Install new traffic signal equipment at WIS 38 and Rapids Drive intersection
  • Provide sidewalks and wider shoulders for bike usage between County MM and Rapids Drive

Traffic Impacts:

Staged closure construction: some traffic uses alternate routes, local traffic uses single lane in each direction, some left turns prohibited, delays could be up to ½ mile, north side constructed in first season (2024), south side constructed in second season (2025).


Construction is tentatively planned to start in spring 2024.

In-water Work Restrictions

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has set restrictions on when the instream construction work can be performed on the project. This has an effect on when construction can take place during certain times of the year.

Public Involvement

A public involvement meeting was held on June 14, 2023 to discuss the construction staging.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, we'd still like to hear from you! Please feel free to contact the project representatives below or provide comment through WisDOT's online form.

We're In This Together

Have a business along the corridor? Check out the “In This Together” program designed to help businesses and community leaders to connect with project contacts, discuss any potential obstacles specific to each business, and strategize for success during construction.


Justin Suydam, WisDOT Project Manager
(262) 548-8745

Malathi Karri, WisDOT Project Design Leader
(262) 548-5847

Dan Sellers, WisDOT Communications
(262) 548-6702