The Business 51 corridor in the village of Rothschild is a key local route with a
current average daily traffic of 15,000 vehicles per day. It has a
significant role in connecting industrial, manufacturing and retail
land uses to the regional mobility that I-39 provides.
The lanes and ramps on Business 51 do not meet current design
standards, leading to congestion and backups. There is limited sight
distance on I-39 approaching the ramp, which leads to safety issues
associated with the backups. Also the pavement is reaching the end of
its useful life.
The purpose of this project is to improve traffic operations and
safety for traffic accessing I-39 to and from Business 51.
Project benefits/anticipated outcomes
WisDOT is currently proposing to reconstruct Business 51 to a divided four lane
auxiliary lanes and turn lanes. Other
proposed improvements include:
Realignment and reconstruction of the interchange ramps
Reconstruction of Business 51 between Village Way and Eagles
to a four-lane divided roadway with turn lanes
Realignment of Morrison Avenue to line up with the south I-39
Construction of new pavement, storm sewer, and curb and gutter
Pedestrian and bicycle accommodations along Business 51
Installation of new traffic signals at the I-39 ramps and the
County XX intersection
Reconstruction of the railroad crossings at Morrison Avenue
and Foremost Drive
Replacement of the bridge over Cedar Creek
These proposed improvements will reduce delays, provide on-road bicycle
lanes and multi-use path.