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


WIS 38 between County MM and Rapids Drive - Racine County

Wis 38 project location


To address the deteriorated 62-year old bridge structure built over the Root River, and to improve overall traffic operations and safety within the project corridor. 


  • R​eplace the 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

Bridge will be closed during construction to minimize the duration of traffic impacts. Traffic will be detoured. 


Project is currently in the design engineering phase


  • Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2023
  • 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. 

We're In This Together

Have a business along the corridor? Check out the “In T​his Together”​ program​​ designed to he​lp 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) 548-6894

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

Dan Sellers, WisDOT Communications
(262) 548-6702