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Public hearing set to address future of US 53 in Washburn County

May 6, 2014

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region in Spooner will be holding a public hearing to consider the Section 84.295(10) future expressway aspects of the proposed improvement of US 53 in Washburn County.

The public hearing is planned for Wednesday, May 21, at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station located at W6646 WIS 70, Spooner. The public hearing will be conducted from 5 to 7 p.m. Interested persons may attend anytime between 5 to 7 p.m. to review displays and other hearing materials, ask questions, and provide testimony.

The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. and will end when all interested persons have provided testimony or 7 p.m., whichever occurs first. The traditional-style portion of the public hearing will begin with an informational project presentation prior to accepting traditional-style testimony from the public.

The Proposed Action consists of the adoption of an official map that establishes the location and right of way widths for future improvements to US 53 between WIS 70 in Spooner to 0.75 miles north of Schnagel Road in Trego.

The Proposed Action does not include immediate programming of construction funds but is designed in such a way to allow incremental construction and funding over time to improve the expressway facility.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. People who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may call Marc Bowker no later than three working days prior to the hearing.

For additional information about the proposed improvements, interested persons may contact WisDOT Project Manager Marc Bowker at W7102 Green Valley Road, Spooner, WI 54801; (715) 635-4975 or send email to

For more information, contact:
Chris Ouellette, WisDOT northwest region communications manager
(715) 833-9814,



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