Highway 26 construction is on schedule

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Monday, October 8, 2012

What it is: Construction work on Highway 26 from Janesville to Milton and beyond, as the state works to expand the highway from here through Jefferson and Dodge counties.

What's the progress: Traffic is still down to one lane in each direction. Harmony Townhall Road opened a week ago, said Wayne Chase, Wisconsin Department of Transportation project manager.

Contractors are working on highway frontage roads between John Paul Road and Woodcrest Drive. The frontage roads should be complete and open by the end of October.

Drivers who frequent the area on the edge of Janesville can look forward to Nov. 15, which is the scheduled completion date for the portion of work from Janesville to south of Townline Road, Chase said. The project is on schedule, he said.

The Highway 26 bypass project around Milton also remains on schedule, DOT project manager Teri Schopp said.

Highway 59 is currently closed and scheduled to open by Friday, she said. County N is scheduled to open by Oct. 15.

Crews continue work on the main line of the new, four-lane bypass, which is difficult to see from the existing highway. If the weather cooperates, aggregates could be spread on that portion before winter. Work will shut down during the winter months, Schopp said.

By 2015, Highway 26 will be four lanes and will have bypasses around Milton, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson and Watertown. The aim of the project is to enhance safety by limiting access, boost traffic capacity and spur development along the Highway 26 corridor.

For more information: Visit dot.state.wi.us/projects/wis26corridor/index.htm.

Last updated: 4:53 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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