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Highway 12 reconstruction moving ahead

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Catherine W. Idzerda
May 21, 2012
What it is: The reconstruction of Highway 12 between the northern tip of Elkhorn to the intersection of Highway 12 and Highway 67 east of Whitewater. An estimated 13,500 vehicles travel daily along that section of Highway 12, and it's the main artery between Elkhorn and Whitewater.

The work includes repaving and pavement marking, new signs and updated guardrails.


When did it start: About six weeks ago. Work is almost finished on the first section of project that includes the section of Highway 12 between County A and the Highways 12/67 split just north of Elkhorn. Traffic is being detoured to Interstate 43 and then to Highway 20.

Walworth County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Hall said things were "going all right," and he hadn't heard about any significant accidents.


Elkhorn Police Chief Joel Christensen said he hadn't heard any concerns from his staff, either. A small portion of Highway 12 runs into the city.


What's next: During the second stage of project, crews will work on the section of Highway 12 between County A and Highway 20.

Traffic will follow a detour from County A to County H to the west. Heavy truck traffic is being asked to use County A to Highway 89.


Highway 12 will remain open to local traffic for businesses and residents.


Cost: $1.64 million
Completion target: Late June
For more information: Go online to dot.state.wi.us/projects/index.htm.

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