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DOT talks highway improvements

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Kevin Hoffman
September 29, 2011
— A few dozen residents attended a public hearing Wednesday in Williams Bay where details about two road projects were revealed years before construction is scheduled to begin.

The state Department of Transportation held a meeting at Williams Bay High School to lobby for feedback regarding resurfacing projects on highways 50 and 67 scheduled for 2013 and 2014. Designers are still completing environmental documents and preliminary drafts before a final design is completed next year.


The state plans to resurface Highway 67 from near Highway 50 north to Commerce Drive.


The improvements are to address turning movement needs, deteriorating pavement and beam guard placement and provide for acceptable operations in the future.


Right turn lanes are proposed and bicycle accommodations are included in the design, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. Project leaders Wednesday said part of the improvements is meant to address several accidents at intersections.


There are no plans to increase the number of lanes.


"We're the experts on the roadway, but all of you are the experts that live here and drive this everyday," said Gary Metzer, project manager. "You have the information that we need to make a better roadway."


Metzer said road crews will replace the top few inches of about 3.4 miles of road on Highway 67 between Williams Bay and Elkhorn. The project will start in the summer of 2014 and take about four or five months to complete, he said.


The cost of the projects was not available. The Department of Transportation does not allow its personnel to answer media inquires without permission.


Metzer said the Highway 67 project might require the state to purchase a small amount of real estate along the construction zone.


Highway 50 underwent two resurfacing projects over the last 31 years, according to the Department of Transportation. The latest maintenance is expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2013.


Road crews were busy this summer completing maintenance on more than 29 miles of road on four different highways across Walworth County. Most of the work was sealing, an inexpensive method for improving a road's longevity, engineers said.


The Department of Transportation currently is working on two projects in Walworth County. Crews are making improvements to the road and storm sewer at Highway 59 and Janesville Road, which are expected to be completed in November.


They're also pouring overlays and approach slabs on a section of Interstate 43. The cost of the project is $3.7 million.



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