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US 51 public involvement meeting scheduled for Vilas County

July 10, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public involvement meeting to discuss the proposed improvements to US 51 between Vilas County M and County W.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Manitowish Waters Town Hall, located at the intersection of US 51 and Airport Road, Manitowish Waters. A brief presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Kristin McHugh at least three working days prior to the meeting.

The pavement surface on this section of US 51 is nearing the end of its useful life and is displaying severe cracking. A number of culverts along the roadway also need repair. The purpose of this meeting is to familiarize the public with the improvements and to obtain their input.

The project is currently scheduled for construction in summer 2014 and 2015. Proposed improvements include, resurfacing the highway, widening the paved shoulders near Spider Lake Bridge and Manitowish Waters to accommodate bicycle traffic, replacing or re-lining culvert pipes, and replacing the structures at Trout River and Gresham Creek.

To reduce the number and severity of roadway departure crashes this project will also include the installation of centerline rumble strips. The purpose of centerline rumble strips is to alert drivers – via an audible warning (rumbling sound) and feeling (vibration) – that their vehicles have drifted out of the travel lane.

During construction, US 51 will remain open to traffic. Motorists can expect to encounter single lane closures. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained at all times during construction.

For more information, contact:
Communications Manager Kristin McHugh, WisDOT NC Region
(715) 421-8380,



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