US 51 (East Pleasant St. to Ontario St.), City of Portage - Columbia County

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

Project location

US 51 (East Pleasant St. to Ontario St.), City of Portage - Columbia County

Project overview

US 51, Wisconsin and Dewitt Streets between Ontario Street and East Pleasant Street will reconstruct the pavement structure, improve intersections, improve bike and pedestrian accommodations, replace the storm sewer system, and update the traffic signals and street lighting. Wisconsin Street between Ontario Street and Dewitt Street will be reconstructed with four travel lanes and sidewalk. The Wisconsin Street and Dewitt Street intersection will be reconstructed as a realigned signalized intersection. Dewitt Street between Wisconsin Street and East Pleasant Street will be reconstructed with two travel lanes, on-street bike accommodations, parking lanes, and sidewalks. Improvements to the Portage Canal crossing under US 51 near the Wisconsin and Dewitt intersection is being evaluated. This project will require the acquisition of right-of-way and temporary limited easements for construction. Construction is currently scheduled for 2021.


Future (next year and beyond)

  • August 1, 2020 - Final plans, specification, & estimate will be submitted
  • December 2020 - Project LET
  • 2021 Construction season - Construction anticipated

Past (prior to today)

Traffic impacts/detours

Impacts to traffic/possible detour routes are still being considered at this time.


  • Final Design
  • Real estate purchasing of Right-of-Way and Easements

Contact information

David Schmidt, P.E., WisDOT Project Manager
(608) 246-3867

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

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
Southwest Region, Madison Office
2101 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: (608) 246-3800
Fax: (608) 246-3843
TTY: 711