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DOT plans Highway 59 project

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Carla McCann
February 5, 2008
— Two miles of Highway 59 from the city of Whitewater to the Rock County line will be reconstructed in 2010.

Itís possible that stretch underwent a minor resurfacing within the last decade, but that project wasnít expected to hold up for more than five years, said Allen Gilbertson, project engineer for the state Department of Transportation Southeast Region.


The DOTís $2 million project will start at the intersection of Highways 89 and 59 and move west, Gilbertson said. The job will be completed between summer and fall.


To keep local residents informed about the project, the DOT will offer an overview of the job Thursday at the Whitewater Municipal Center Community Room.


ďThe people most interested in the project will be those living along the highway,Ē Gilbertson said.


But all local and area residents are invited to attend the meeting to ask questions, view exhibits of the proposed improvements and offer opinions, Gilbertson said.


No changes are planned for the width of the highway, which has two 12-foot lanes with 6-foot shoulders. But some modifications might be made to driveways, and a retaining wall in front of one property will be removed, Gilbertson said.


During the reconstruction, residents and property owners will have access to their properties at all times, he said.


The preliminary detour for through traffic will be Highway 26 north to County N, Gilbertson said.


Local residents know shorter routes on county roads, but official detours must accommodate heavy truck traffic, he said.


It isnít the only highway project planned for the Whitewater area.


The DOT also will realign the Highway 89 and Highway 59 intersection during another project, Gilbertson said.


If you go

An informational meeting on the Highway 59 reconstruction project will be offered by the state Department of Transportation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Whitewater Municipal Center Community Room, 312 W. Whitewater St.



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