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Highway 35 construction will begin in spring 2019

Construction for a section of Wisconsin Highway 35 is set to begin in 2019 to improve the road condition and safety of the Great River Road.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Manager Matt Pfeifer said the project is set to start around May 2019, depending on the weather. The section of the road that will be under construction is Wisconsin Highway 35 from US Highway 63 at Hager City to Coulee Creek near Diamond Bluff.

At a Feb. 8 open house at the Town of Diamond Bluff Town Hall, community members were invited to discuss the upcoming road project as Pfeifer and others answered questions.

Pfeifer said the repavement is necessary to fix cracking of the road and to restore the road to a good quality. The biggest change, Pfeifer said, will be the addition of rumble strips to the shoulders and center line.

Pfeifer said the project will only have single-lane lane closures and should not cause too much of a delay for people traveling the road.

"We won't have to close [the entire road]," Pfeifer said. "Allow a few extra minutes for flaggers."

The longest portion of the project, Pfeifer said, will be the time needed to upgrade some of the guardrails along the stretch. Some of the guardrails are 20 years old and the upgrade will make the guardrails more "crash worthy."

Also, to improve safety, Pfeifer said they will be replacing some old and/or faded signs. They will also be adding more signage for some of the corners and driveways on the corners.

Pfeifer said the project is 100 percent state-funded and will not affect people's local taxes; the plans do not directly impact anyone's property.

The biggest thing, Pfeifer said, is people need to use caution during construction for everyone's safety.

"Exercise caution when they see orange signs and workers," Pfeifer said. "Watch out for flaggers."

For more information, contact Pfeifer at 715-579-0789 or visit projects.511wi.gov/region/northwest/.

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