Northbound Interstate traffic will shift Saturday to southbound side

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Jim Dayton
Friday, April 21, 2017

EDGERTON—Starting Saturday, drivers traveling north on Interstate 90/39 will be diverted to the southbound lanes as crews reconstruct an 8-mile stretch of the Interstate's northbound lanes, according to a press release.

The crossover will begin at the border of Rock and Dane counties, just north of the Highway 59 interchange, and continue to East Church Road north of the Highway 51 interchange, according to the release.

The northbound off-ramp at the Highway 51 interchange will be closed until early August, while the northbound on-ramp will reopen in mid-November.

The southbound on- and off-ramps will remain open for the duration of the work, besides periodic nighttime closures, according to the release.

Northbound drivers who need to access Highway 51 will follow a detour to the County N interchange, where they will get off the Interstate, get back on and travel south to Highway 51.

Two lanes of traffic will remain open in both directions during this project. Once the work is finished, traffic will flip next spring as crews reconstruct the southbound lanes, said Steve Theisen, I-90/39 expansion project spokesman.

Eventually, three lanes of traffic will be open in both directions once work is complete. After several years of improving interchanges and reconstructing overpasses, widening the Interstate represents a “milestone” in the expansion project, he said.

“We've been talking about it for several years,” Theisen said. “Now we're finally at the point where we're doing that work.”

Theisen advised drivers to plan ahead, slow down and check out the expansion project's website for more updates.

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