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Traffic to and from River Falls via Hwy. 65 was backed up Friday afternoon as blacktopping of the Hwy. 35N overpass continued. New asphalt will soon be poured over Hwy. 65 all the way to I-94 and Hwy. 12 by Roberts. That road construction project will last until July. Phil Pfuehler photo
Traffic to and from River Falls via Hwy. 65 was backed up Friday afternoon as blacktopping of the Hwy. 35N overpass continued. New asphalt will soon be poured over Hwy. 65 all the way to I-94 and Hwy. 12 by Roberts. That road construction project will last until July. Phil Pfuehler photo

Highway construction: So far, on schedule

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The massive highway projects on the edge of River Falls still have two months to go. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Wendy Maves says the work is on target to finish by the July 16 deadline.

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Later this month drivers will be switched from the northbound lanes to the southbound lanes of Hwy. 35.

The southbound lanes have been milled and repaved with concrete. The same will now be done to the northbound lanes.

The rest of the highway bypass -- which is just two lanes as opposed to the divided, four-lane stretch to the north -- is only being repaved with asphalt. That process will go on for weeks.

Maves said ripping up and repaving those lanes with concrete would have forced the bypass to close for a month or longer. Such a closure would have detoured and greatly inconvenienced thousands of drivers.

On the south end of the construction zone by Cemetery Road, Maves said curb and gutters are installed. Paving for the new multi-lane roundabout is starting.

The intent is to have the repaved Hwy. 35/65 bypass and the new roundabout at the Cemetery Road intersection done before Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, July 20-22.

FTD is the state's largest agricultural exposition. The three-day event, predicted to draw 80,000, will be hosted this year at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm on Hwy. 29/35 near County Road E.

Other projects

n The Coulee Road overpass on Hwy. 35 between River Falls and Hudson has a completion date of Aug. 31. Maves said next week that crews will install bridge beams between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Those traveling Hwy. 35 during those late-night hours can expect some delays. As the beams are set in place, one direction of traffic may be blocked for up to 15 minutes.

Once the Coulee overpass is done, there will be no access to Hwy. 35 from that road.

Maves said Hwy. 35 is transitioning to a freeway designation. When that transition is complete, there will be no more right-angled entries or exits to the freeway.

n In 2013, an interchange with a roundabout -- similar to what was done at the Hanley Road/Hwy. 35 juncture -- is expected to be built at Radio Road and Hwy. 35, just north of River Falls. The project is still in the planning stages.

n Work on Hwy. 65 from River Falls to Hwy. 12 will begin this week and run until mid-July. Maves said this project will involve grinding up a portion of the asphalt base and then repaving the top.

Hwy. 65 drivers can expect some delays in one direction at a time. Workers with orange signs will hold up and clear traffic.

n Quarry Road and North Main Street, early August. This intersection will be redesigned with turn lanes and a new signal light. More traffic is anticipated as the new Kwik Trip is built there.

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