Area road construction update
For the Gazette
CENTRAL WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) North Central Region has provided updates on pending road projects in central Wisconsin. Construction schedules may fluctuate due to weather conditions and crew availability. A full update can be found at: https://projects.511wi.gov/weeklyupdates-nc/.
In Portage County, crews are dealing with projects lasting into the fall, and into next year in some instances.
The I-39/US 10/WIS 66 project is slated for completion in late May, 2023. The location of the project is the US 10 bridge over I-39, southbound I-39 ramp to Wildwood Drive and the Country Club Drive intersection in Stevens Point.
Crews are replacing the bridge deck on the US 10/WIS 66 bridge over I-39. Bridge work also includes relocating the sidewalk to the median area and adding concrete barrier walls to protect the median walkway area. On I-39 northbound and southbound, crews will be working on the bridge deck. On US 10, crews will be grading and removing debris and continuing to form the US 10 bridge deck. At the Maple Bluff Road/Old WIS 18 intersection, crews are replacing traffic loops and are paving on Maple Bluff Road.
The northbound right lane on I-39 will be closed until noon on Friday, July 15.
Closed to late October are: the I-39 northbound off-ramp to East US 10. The signed detour route is I-39 northbound to East WI 66 to I-39 southbound; US 10 eastbound and westbound lanes; the I-39 southbound off-ramp to West US 66. The signed detour route is I-39 southbound to County HH to I-39 northbound; West US 10 to the I-39 southbound ramp. The signed detour route is I-39 northbound to East WIS 66 to I-39 southbound; East US 66 to the I-39 northbound on-ramp. The signed detour route is I-39 southbound to County HH to I-39 northbound. Project website: https://projects.511wi.gov/us10sp/
Another project involves the I-39 bridges over the railroad tracks and County B in Plover, scheduled for completion Nov. 22.
Crews are replacing the decks for the bridges at the I-39/Portage County B interchange in Plover and resurfacing the I-39 bridges over the railroad tracks just north of the interchange. The project also includes replacing guardrail, repairing concrete pavement joints, replacing vehicle detection loops for traffic signals, repairing existing culverts and enhancing the existing over-height detection system for vehicles on the I-39 ramps or County B planning to pass under I-39.
Motorists can expect closures of the northbound and southbound I-39 inside lanes approximately a half mile north and south of the I-39 and County B interchange. Motorists can also expect closures of the eastbound and westbound County B outside lanes approximately 1,200 feet on each side of I-39. Project website: https://projects.511wi.gov/i39countyb/
Also scheduled to run into November is a project on Business 51 (Post Road) from Springville Drive to Tommy’s Turnpike.
Crews will reconstruct the roadway with new concrete pavement, new storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains, and make improvements to turn lanes, raised medians, urban shoulders, sidewalk and street lights.
Crews continue placing concrete pavement for the new southbound lanes. Crews also will be placing the concrete pavement shoulder, and curb and gutter along the new southbound lanes.
There will be some traffic impacts. Northbound and southbound Business 51 is reduced to a single lane in each direction from Plover Springs Drive to Tommy’s Turnpike. Traffic is shifted to the east side of the roadway in the existing northbound lanes. MacArthur Way is closed at the west-side intersection with Post Road. Springville Drive is closed at the west-side intersection with Post Road. Project website: https://projects.511wi.gov/business51.