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I-39 Stevens Point Area Corridor Study - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Fact sheet - Nov. 2013

Why is a study needed?

WisDOT launched the I-39 Stevens Point Area Corridor Study in 2010 to assess safety, operations, pavement and bike/pedestrian needs to meet the existing and future transportation needs on I-39/US 51/US 10/WIS 66 in the Stevens Point area.

What area is being studied?

I-39 in the Stevens Point area from the WIS 54 interchange (Plover) to the US 10 west interchange (Hull) in Portage County.

What types of things are being studied?

The study has been assessing safety, operations, pavement, and bike/pedestrian needs of the corridor in order to meet existing and future transportation needs on I-39/US 51/US 10/WIS 66 in the Stevens Point area. In particular, four main interchanges are being evaluated as part of the study:

  • WIS 54
  • County B
  • US 10 east/WIS 66 west
  • WIS 66 east/Stanley St.

Preserving the corridor and limiting impacts to adjacent landowners and the traveling public is an important part of the study.

What are the proposed improvements?

A number of proposed improvements will maintain the operational efficiency of the highways and improve the safety for the traveling public. In addition, bridges located along the corridor will be improved to ensure they meet current design, safety and clearance standards. To learn more about the proposed projects, view the proposed improvements.

When will construction begin?

The proposed improvements are currently scheduled to take place between 2014 and 2024.

What impact will the construction projects have on area travelers?

Managing access to state highways is important to protecting the safety, traffic flow and public investment in the state highway system. WisDOT will work closely with local officials, emergency services, law enforcement and businesses to minimize traffic impacts during construction. The freeway will remain open with two lanes in each direction during peak travel times.

Will WisDOT be acquiring any land for the improvements?

WisDOT anticipates working to acquire property at the US 10 east/WIS 66 west interchange, County B interchange, and WIS 66 east/Stanley St. interchange.

What’s the cost of the projects being proposed?

The proposed improvements represent an approximate $100 million construction investment in Central Wisconsin.

What environmental studies are taking place?

Several environmental studies are underway regarding the study’s proposed improvements:

  • An Environmental Assessment (EA) is being conducted for the entire corridor. This is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.
  • An Environmental Report (ER) is underway for the County B area and is expected to be completed by early 2014.
  • An ER is also underway for the WIS 66 east/Stanley St. area. It is expected to be completed in early 2014.

When will the public have the opportunity to comment on the study?

Community outreach and education is currently underway to share information about the potential improvements and the process. It is anticipated that, in spring 2014, there will be public meetings associated with the ER. Meeting dates, times and locations will be posted on this website.

You can also join our distribution list to receive updates and notices via email on the I-39 Stevens Point Area Corridor Study and Improvement Projects.

Who can I contact if I have questions or comments?

Jeff Stewart, P.E., WisDOT North Central Region Project Manager
(715) 421-8376
jeffrey.stewart@dot.wi.gov

Kristin McHugh, WisDOT North Central Region Communications Manager
(715) 421-8380
kristin.mchugh@dot.wi.gov

SSI - Project contacts Questions about the content of this page:
WisDOT North Central Region Office, ncr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov

Last modified: November 6, 2013

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