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Public meeting scheduled to discuss WIS 23 in Montello

May 8, 2013

Meeting to focus on proposed roadway improvements, seeking input on various preliminary alternatives

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed improvements to WIS 23 between the intersections of Morningside Court to West Street, in the city of Montello. The project will enhance safety, improve mobility, and promote a long service life of the highway, while preserving the existing corridor.

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 in the Community Room of the Montello School, 222 Forest Lane, Montello. A brief presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will follow an informal, open house format. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information regarding the purpose and need for the project, discuss possible improvement alternatives, and obtain input to advance the project to the next stage of design.

Local community officials, property and business owners, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Kristin McHugh at least three working days prior to the meeting.

Some of the current proposed improvements include reconstructing WIS 23 as a two-lane roadway with on-street bicycle accommodations, curb and gutter, and continuous sidewalks along the corridor.

To improve safety and sight distances for local and through traffic WisDOT is proposing to realign the WIS 23/Central Avenue intersection. The West Montello/Underwood Avenue intersection would be reconfigured to better accommodate semi-truck turning movements and to meet current design and safety standards. Other improvements include accommodating replacement of the storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main with a new system that complies with current standards.

Some of the proposed improvements may require right of way acquisition and impacts to local landscaping and trees. WisDOT is seeking public input on these alternatives to ensure that the final project meets the needs of the state highway system while minimizing, wherever safely feasible, impacts to the local community.

Construction is currently scheduled for 2018, but could occur as early as 2017.

For more information, contact:
Communications Manager Kristin McHugh, WisDOT NC Region
(715) 421-8380, kristin.mchugh@dot.wi.gov

 

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