The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT) has 3 major highway reconstruction projects slated for the next 3 years. Here’s what to expect.
60 and the Interstate
This project will replace the interstate bridges on I-39/90/94 at WIS 60, in Columbia County. The existing ramps will be reconfigured into a diamond interchange and WIS 60 will be reconstructed from Sunset Drive to Pine Hollow Road.
WIS 60 will be detoured for bridge and highway construction. Ramps will be open intermittently during this time.
113 from Downtown to the Ferry
The project will address 6.23 miles of deteriorating pavement on WIS 113 from WIS 60 to WIS 188 between Lodi and the Merrimac Ferry Crossing in Columbia County. The project will consist of removing and replacing the top 3 ½ – inches of asphaltic pavement from WIS 60 to County J, paving an overlay from County J to WIS 188, and reconstruction at the County V intersection. The reconstruction at County V will include lowering the hill south of the County V intersection to improve sight distance for both vehicles at the intersection and vehicles approaching the intersection. This reconstruct will be approximately 1500-feet long stretching from Shamrock Road to County V.
WIS 113 will be closed to through traffic during construction. Traffic will be detoured along Hwy 60 from Lodi (at the Four Corners) to Hwy 188 near the Sauk-Prairie bridge.
The Interstate Bridge over the Wisconsin River
The I-39/90/94 bridges over the Wisconsin River were constructed in 1961 and are nearing the end of their operational life and need to be replaced. An Environmental Assessment was complete with a Find Of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) in June 2021. WisDOT is now completing final design of the Preferred Alternative, which includes:
- Replacement of existing I-39/90/94 Wisconsin River bridge with a new bridge east of the existing structure
- Replacement of the County U and County V bridges over I-39/90/94
- Construction of retaining walls to avoid impacts to transmission structures
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.