Last updated on September 8, 2019
Columbia County Highway Department closed the Okee bridge this week as part of their on-going work to rebuild County highway V between Hwy 113 and Rapp Rd. Construction is expected to continue through late October.
Road crews for the County Highway Department started the newest phase of their repair and improvement work on Hwy V this week. The Okee bridge has been closed so crews can strip and replace the deck and conduct improvements to the railing. This is being done to extend the service life of the bridge and improve safety for pedestrians. The bridge is scheduled to reopen to car traffic November 1st, weather permitting. It remains open to boat traffic during the construction period. Motorists are instructed to use the Hwy J detour during the construction period.
The bridge repairs are part of a larger improvement plan for the short length of Hwy V from the intersection with Hwy 113 to Rapp Road on the opposite side of the bridge. The project seeks to improve safety along this stretch of the highway for both motorists and pedestrians.
In addition to realigning the road where it intersects Shamrock Rd and Old Sauk Rd, new signals and gates have been installed at the railroad crossing. Curb and gutter is scheduled to be poured this week. Sidewalk will be installed along both sides of the road from the Shamrock/Old Sauk intersection to the bridge.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.