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


WIS 38 between County MM and Rapids Drive - Racine County​​


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


  • 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

​Status Update - Early 2023


Construction is currently being rescheduled. Work will not begin Spring/Summer 2023. Details will be shared when a new schedule is known.​

Traffic Impacts:

The project team is currently reevaluating the alternative of keeping the bridge open during construction, and potential traffic management options associated with replacing the​ bridge.

Public Involvement:

Future public involvement meetings and outreach efforts will take place in the community as the project progresses.

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) 548-8745

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

Dan Sellers, WisDOT Communications
(262) 548-6702