US 61, Lancaster - Grant County

Project location | Project overview | Schedule | Traffic impacts/detours | Status/phase | Contact information

Project location

US 61, Cherry Street to City Limits Street, in Lancaster, Grant County.

Project overview

WisDOT is in the process of developing final plans to improve US 61, beginning at Cherry Street and continuing north to City Limits Street in the city of Lancaster.

  • The project length is 0.90 miles.
  • The concrete and asphalt pavement, curb and gutter, and the existing sidewalk will be replaced.
  • The existing sidewalk will also be widened, where needed, to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • The existing light poles from the south end of the project to County A will be replaced with decorative lighting. To the north of County A, new lighting will be included.
  • Storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main replacement throughout the project will be made as necessary.
  • Parking on the west side of US 61 to the north of the County A intersection will be eliminated.
  • Bicycle accommodations will be evaluated for the entire project.


Current (this year)

  • Fall 2017 - Two meetings with business owners and city officials to be held to discuss local access and stages of construction.

Future (next year and beyond)

  • June 2018 - Completed 90 percent plan
  • August 2018 - Completed construction plan
  • Spring 2019 - Construction

Past (prior to today)

  • May 17, 2016 - Public Involvement Meeting #3
  • December 11, 2014 - Public Involvement Meeting #2
  • November 13, 2014 - Local officials meeting #2 
  • April 10, 2014 - Public Involvement Meeting #1
  • March 27, 2014 - Local officials meeting #1

Traffic impacts/detours

  • US 61 traffic will be detoured during construction.
  • Detour routes will include WIS 129 for US 61 traffic and Walnut Street for WIS 35 and WIS 81 traffic.
  • Access to businesses and residences along the project route will be maintained except for limited periods of time during underground utility relocations, sidewalk replacements and driveway improvements.


Design work with construction anticipated spring 2019.

Contact information

Craig Fisher, P.E., Project Manager
(608) 785-9946

Michael Bie, WisDOT Southwest Region Communications Manager
(608) 246-7928

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Southwest Region, La Crosse Office
3550 Mormon Coulee Road
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-9022
Fax: (608) 785-9969
TTY: 711