Segment 7 consists of reconstructing four miles of the existing
highway between the village of Johnson Creek and the city of
Watertown and constructing an eight mile freeway to carry WIS 26 traffic
around the west side of the city of Watertown and north to the
intersection with County Q.
The highway will be expanded to two lanes in each direction with
a grass median. South of the city of Watertown, at-grade side road
and driveway intersections will remain, although driveways will be
combined to a single access point or moved to a side road where
possible. Median crossing points will be widely spaced to improve
safety, so some intersections and driveways will be limited to right
in/right out movements. Right turn lanes will be added at all side
road intersections and left turn lanes will be added at each median
At the south end of the bypass around Watertown, existing WIS 26
and County Y will be realigned to meet at a new diamond interchange.
Another diamond interchange will be built on the west side at WIS
19. At the north end, the existing interchange with WIS 16 will be
replaced and WIS 16 will be extended west to a new
"trumpet-style" interchange just east of the Provimi and
Welsh Road intersection.
Bridges will be constructed at county highways Y, A and T, Welsh
Road and Silver Creek Road (which will be extended west to Welsh
Road). These bridges will provide local traffic crossings over or
under, but not onto, WIS 26. A frontage road will be built along the
east side of the bypass between County Y and County A, including a
bridge over the Rock River. The section of existing WIS 26 in the
city and town of Watertown will be jurisdictionally transferred to
these local governments when the new bypass is opened to traffic.