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WisDOT North Central Region Road Construction Overview

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has released an overview of 2021 construction projects underway on state and US highways in the North Central region. Construction times may fluctuate depending on weather conditions and crew availability. Once construction begins, DOT provides weekly updates on road construction.

The following projects are underway in Oneida and surrounding counties. The full overview can be found here.

Oneida County

Highway: US 51
Site: From Oneida County L to Rocky Run Road in the towns of Cassian and Nokomis
Program: The work will begin between May and August and will last approximately 6 weeks once started.
Cost: $ 829,745
Length: 3.5 miles
Project description: The first two inches of the existing surface will be removed and replaced with two inches of new asphalt.
Traffic impacts: Traffic will be controlled by beaconing operations. Work will not be authorized from Friday noon to Monday 6:00 am and;

  • Independence Day: Friday July 2 at noon until Tuesday July 6 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Labor Day: Friday September 3 at noon until Tuesday September 7 at 6 a.m.
  • Tomahawk Fall Ride: Thursday, September 16 at noon until Monday, September 20 at 6 a.m.

Motorway: WIS 17 (Postponement project from 2020)
Site: Pollyanna Road at WIS 70
Program: Summer 2021
Cost: $ 2,578,000
Length: 17.46 miles
Project description: This project involves removing and replacing the first two inches of asphalt and replacing the existing culverts.
Traffic impacts: Lane closures with markings.

Motorway: WIS 32
Site: Between Spirit Lake and Laurel Lake, east of Three Lakes
Program: Estimated for Spring 2021, before Memorial Day
Cost: $ 231,000
Length: 0.01 thousand
Project description: This is an in-kind culvert replacement between Spirit Lake and Laurel Lake.
Traffic impacts: WIS 32 will be closed on the project site. Motorists will use a posted detour of WIS 32, US 8, US 45.

Motorway: WIS 70
Site: From Morgan Road to US 51 in the town of Minocqua
Program: Construction is scheduled to start in July and finish in September 2021
Cost: 1 million to 1.5 million
Length: 1.4 thousand
Project description: The existing pavement will be removed and replaced with a new asphalt pavement. Access ramps will be replaced and upgraded to meet current standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One-off repairs will be made to the existing curb and gutter, traffic lights and driveways. The panels will be replaced. Thermoplastic will be added to two snowmobile passages.
Traffic impacts: Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Work restrictions on public holidays include:

  • Memorial Day: noon on Friday, May 28 until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1
  • Independence Day: Friday July 2 at noon until Tuesday July 6 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Labor Day: Friday September 3 at noon until 6 a.m. Tuesday September 7
  • Tomahawk Fall Ride: noon Friday, September 17 to 6 a.m. Monday, September 20
  • Construction will be phased in such a way as to allow access to businesses. Access will be temporarily blocked for short periods of time during milling and paving operations throughout the project.

Website: https://projects.511wi.gov/wis70oneida/

Forest County

Motorway: WIS 32
Site: From Forest Avenue to Wabeno to US 8 to Crandon
Program: Start of estimate end of June / beginning of July to October 2021
Cost: $ 4.5 to $ 5.5 million
Length: 8.6 miles
Project description: Crews will spray the existing pavement and reuse it for aggregate. The crews will then place 5 inches of asphalt and stabilize 400 feet of grade just north of Round Lake Road.
Traffic impacts: This work will be carried out using single lane closures and signaling operations. Work is restricted in the following cases:

  • Memorial Day: noon Friday May 28 to 6:00 a.m. Tuesday June 1
  • Crandon Brush Run: from Friday June 25 at noon to Monday June 27 at 6 a.m.
  • Independence Day: from Friday July 2 at noon to Monday July 5 6:00 a.m.
  • Offroad Labor Day and Crandon World Championship races: noon Friday, September 3 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 7

Langlade County

Motorway: WIS 64
Site: County P to the County Line of Oconto
Program: From spring to the end of summer 2021
Estimated cost: Roadway: $ 2,900,000 Bridge: $ 389,000
Length: 10.78 miles
Project description: Remove and replace asphalt pavement and culvert replacements. A new concrete surface will be installed on the Wolf River Bridge.
Traffic impacts: Single-lane closure with beaconing and temporary signage.

Motorway: WIS 64 / WIS52
Site: WIS 64 from US 45 in Antigo to Clover Road in Antigo
Program: Expected start from mid-May to mid-October 2021
Cost: $ 1.95 million
Length: 4.1 miles
Project description: This project will remove and replace two inches of asphalt pavement on WIS 64 from US 45 to Clover Road. The bridge over Spring Brook will be replaced by half to maintain traffic.
Traffic impacts: Traffic will be maintained in one lane on the Spring Brook Bridge throughout construction. A 10 foot wide restriction will be in place during construction. During paving operations, markings will be used to control traffic. Work restrictions on public holidays:

  • Memorial Day: from Friday May 28, 2021 at noon to Tuesday June 1, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Independence Day: from Friday July 2, 2021 at noon to Tuesday July 6, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Labor Day: from Friday September 3, 2021 at noon to Tuesday September 7, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

Lincoln County

Highway: US 51 north and south
Site: US 51 from Lincoln County Line to Pine River to County K to Merrill
Program: Estimated start in August 2021 with estimated delivery in November 2022
Cost: $ 13 to $ 14 million
Length: 6.8 miles
Project description: The upgrades include removing the existing asphalt surface and crushed concrete, then replacing it with base materials and asphalt pavement. Other upgrades include minor grading at center crossings for traffic control, repaving of maintenance crossings and interchange ramps. Additional guardrails will be added on US 51 northbound to WIS 64 to ensure traffic safety.
Traffic impacts: Lane closures will be required during the fall of 2021 for improvements to shoulders and center crossings. Construction operations in 2022 will be limited from the first week of July to Labor Day to minimize travel impacts on US 51. However, there may be short-term ramp closures in July and August. . Crews will manage traffic using single lane closures or close a set of lanes on US 51 while the other side will carry both north and southbound traffic. Motorists can expect delays, but delays will be managed by limiting contractors’ operations to critical times. Detours for interchange ramp closures will use the next interchange to reroute traffic.
Website: https://projects.511wi.gov/us51nbsb/

Location: Q County Bridge over US 51 in the town of Scott
Program: July 2021 to October 2021
Estimated cost: $ 650,000 – $ 700,000
Length: .156 miles
Project description: The project will include a concrete deck coating of the County Q Bridge over US 51. It will also include work on the bridge approaches and replacement of the guardrail.
Traffic impacts: Q County traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by temporary signals. There will be no restriction on US 51 traffic associated with this project.

Marathon County

Motorway: WIS 52, Entreprise 51
Site: City of Wausau

  • WIS 52 (Scott Street) Wisconsin River Bridge (0.30 mile)
  • Business 51 (Grand Avenue) Railway Bridge WI Central Ltd. (0.27 thousand)


  • WIS 52: mid-April to end of June 2021
  • Business 51: Mid-June to end of September 2021

Cost: $ 1,045,756
Project description:

  • WIS 52: The surface of the bridge deck will be improved with a thin layer of concrete to extend the life of the structure. The bridge will also receive new expansion joints.
  • Company 51: Bridge upgrades will include a thin concrete deck coating to extend the life of the structure; replacement of expansion joints; cleaning, removing existing paint and applying new paint to the existing structure.

Traffic impacts: WIS 52 and Business 51 will be open to traffic with a lane change; single and multiple lane closures.
Website: https://projects.511wi.gov/wis52bus51wausau/

Motorway: WIS 153 (Postponement project from 2020)
Site: Old Highway 51 to East View Drive; Ramps I-39 north and south to WIS 153; Mosinee
Program: From spring to end of June 2021
Cost: $ 1,619,346.74
Project description: The work includes removing the top surface of the existing concrete pavement, repairing cracks in the pavement and installing a new asphalt surface. Vehicle detection for traffic lights will be installed in the carriageway on WIS 153 and I-39 exit ramps. The access ramps will be modernized.
Traffic impacts: WIS 153 will remain open to traffic during construction. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The northbound and southbound exit ramps of I-39 may be closed for up to three weekday nights each, while the ramps may be closed one night each. Closures can take place Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Website: https://projects.511wi.gov/wis153marathon/

Motorway: WIS 107
Site: From WIS 153 in Emmet Town to Town Road in Marathon City
Estimated timeline: End of July 2021 to October 2021
Estimated cost: $ 2 million to $ 3 million
Length: 8.5 miles
Project description: The work includes removing the top surface and replacing it with an asphalt pavement. Plastic liners will be installed in ten culvert pipes and one culvert pipe will be replaced. The guardrail will be improved and a new curb will be installed at the N County intersection.
Traffic impacts: WIS 107 will remain open to traffic. Single lane closures will occur with the use of flaggers. During culvert replacement, WIS 107 traffic will be diverted for up to 12 days using a posted detour from WIS 153, WIS 97 and WIS 29.

Motorway: WIS 97
Site: From Black Creek to Athens to the Taylor County Line
Estimated timeline: Mid to late summer 2021
Estimated cost: $ 1.3 million to $ 1.8 million
Length: 6.6 miles
Project description: The project will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt pavement. Other improvements include widening the F County and A County intersections, replacing two culverts and upgrading the beam protection.
Traffic impacts: WIS 97 will remain open to traffic, but motorists can expect to encounter signaling operations.