Highway 50 to close Friday morning due to Fox River level

This view shows how close Fox River flood waters were to Highway 50 at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

This view shows how close Fox River flood waters were to Highway 50 at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

This map supplied by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the area of the Highway 50 closure.[/caption]

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is planning to close Highway 50 from Highway 75 in Paddock Lake to Highway 83-north in Wheatland starting early Friday morning.

The closure is apparently due to concern about the rising level of the Fox River, which flows under Highway 50 in Wheatland near Highway W.

Official detours are as follows:

  • Eastbound: north on WIS 83, east on WIS 142, south on WIS 75.
  • Westbound: north on WIS 75, west on WIS 142, south on WIS 83.

Fortunately, Highway 75 was re-opened today after being shut down between Highway JB and 18th Street since last Friday due to concerns about the possibility of the Vern Wolfe Lake dam failing.
This map supplied by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows the area of the Highway 50 closure.

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3 Comments

  1. daryl says:

    So those of us that live back road are sposed to get out of here how ? Seeing as they have shorewood closed 71st street that comes out by luissas on 50 is the only other way out of here

  2. Matt says:

    We just drove through there a little while ago (about 6:30pm). Living in the area for as long as I have, and knowing the history of the river and its capabilities, I think shutting down 50 is a little bit overkill. I think it should be monitored, but I don’t think its justified. I could be completely wrong though. That river is pretty high, but its not as high as the spring of ’08.

  3. Concerned, West of 45 says:

    Without elevating the east approach to the Fox River on HWY 50, all the improvements done recently on HWY 50 are now, for the time being, useless. Tax payers money would have been more wisely spent raising that portion of the HWY. Anyone with a little common sense should have seen this situation comming! My turn to say, “I told you so”.

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