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US 53 Corridor Preservation Study
Northern Douglas County Area - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Who is conducting the Corridor Preservation Study?

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Northwest Region is conducting the study.

Where exactly are the study limits?

The study limits extend between the railroad approximately three miles north of Solon Springs and 53rd Avenue in the city of Superior and pass through the towns of Solon Springs, Bennett, Hawthorne, Amnicon, and Parkland and into the city of Superior.

What is the study all about?

The purpose of the study is to develop a long-term vision for the corridor that would plan for future improvements. The study will include identification of locations for future grade-separated intersections along US 53 to preserve long-term mobility and safety of the highway. The study may officially map and preserve the future right of way necessary to construct the improvements that would be needed. No construction is currently planned.

Why does WisDOT feel a corridor preservation study is needed at this time?

While this segment of US 53 is operating within its designed capacity limits, over time increasing traffic and development are likely to create spot operational and safety issues. A long-term solution is to consider grade-separated intersections at strategic locations to help preserve the mobility and safety of the highway.

A completed Corridor Planning Study document will also provide a blueprint by which local development can be planned and implemented in harmony with highway safety and operational demands. Making planning decisions today will allow WisDOT in coordination with the local unit of government to implement an efficient, safe, and financially effective solution in the future when funding becomes available.

US 53 (and US 2 where it runs concurrent with US 53) is a Backbone Route in WisDOT’s Connections 2030 Plan, and this segment of the corridor is also part of the National Highway System (NHS). The plan places a high priority on protecting highway investments that connect major economic/population centers and carry long-distance, statewide traffic.

What has been gathered from the US 53 Study so far?

Since 2011, WisDOT has held a series of local official and public involvement meetings to gather input to develop the vision for the long-term US 53 improvements (Project ID 1196-00-06). Alternatives were considered for potential improvement and access changes in the area of the existing County L intersection, County B intersection, US 2 interchange, and County E/Moccasin Mike Road intersection.

As presented at the local official meeting and the Public Involvement Meeting (PIM) held May 21, 2013, WisDOT will be documenting the coordination which has taken place, the narrowing of alternatives, and the impacts associated with the alternatives in a Corridor Planning Study document that can be used as guiding document by local and regional agencies for long-term planning purposes.

The results of the planning study recommends that only the County E/Moccasin Mike Road intersection continue with further evaluation at this time for mapping under Wisconsin State Statute 84.295.

WisDOT proposes to complete official mapping at the US 2/53 and County E/Moccasin Mike Road intersection under the following project identifier:
Project ID 1195-00-08
Superior – Duluth, WIS 13 - 53rd Ave East
US 2
Douglas County

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Last modified: December 11, 2013

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