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  • WisDOT resurfacing project on portion of US 53 in Douglas County to start

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    May 20, 2021
    Project also includes milling and overlaying ramps to US 2, rehabilitating culvert pipes, realigning Middle River Road median approaches and replacing guardrail and pavement markings
    To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Gov. Tony Evers has signed a $7.58 million contract for a resurfacing and safety improvement project on US 53 from Kent Road in the town of Hawthorne to County C southeast of Superior in the town of Amnicon, all in Douglas County. Construction is scheduled to start Monday, May 24.
    Northwoods Paving of Ashland is the prime contractor for the project. The pavement on this segment of US 53 is showing signs of deterioration. To extend its service life, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) plans to:
    • Mill off a portion of the existing highway surface and put down 5 inches of asphalt.
    • Mill off a portion of the ramps from US 53 to US 2 ramps and put down asphalt.
    • Install an overhead sign structure on southbound US 53 before the US 2 exit.
    • Realign the median approaches at Middle River Road to reduce the potential for crashes.
    • Rehabilitate culvert pipes.
    • Replace guardrail and pavement markings.
    US 53 will remain open to traffic during construction, but:
    • Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.
    • The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph in the work zone.
    Construction is scheduled for completion in August. The schedule is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
    For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s Northwest Region: Motorists are reminded that using handheld cell phones in Wisconsin work zones is illegal. Alerts and updates provided via these sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on driving.

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