Highway 45 project pushed back to 2018

Residents examine a long aerial photo of the Hwy. 45 project with an overlay of the project's improvements.

Residents examine a long aerial photo of the Hwy. 45 project with an overlay of the project’s improvements.

A major construction project on Highway 45 from the state line north to Highway 50 has been pushed back another year.

Information distributed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at a public involvement meeting at the Bristol Municipal Building on Monday said construction is now projected to start in the spring of 2018 and be completed by that fall.

Randy Kerkman, Bristol village administrator, said until recently, the state had been saying the project could start in 2017.

Not much else presented Monday appeared to be different from the last public presentation of the project.

As proposed, the project includes:

  • Mill and resurface the existing 24-foot pavement from the state line to 86th Street. Th existing 7-foot wide shoulders will be paved a minimum of 5-feet to accommodate bicycles.
  • Reconstruct the existing rural roadway from 86th Street to Highway 50. The roadway will be converted to an urban section with two 12-foot lanes, along with a 4-foot shoulder for bike accommodations and the addition of curb and gutter and sidewalks and both sides of the street.

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