WisDOT to close Highway 50

At about 4 p.m. Wednesday, water was just starting to encroach on the eastbound lanes of Highway 50 just east of the Fox River.

Highway 50 will be closed this evening due to anticipated rising levels for the Fox River, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced.

The closure at the river may last through the weekend.

Here is the official announcement:

Due to anticipated flooding, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will implement a closure this evening along WIS 50 at the Fox River in New Munster in Kenosha County. The closure is to be in place by 6 p.m. tonight and may be in effect throughout the weekend of July 14, or until water levels dissipate. With high water levels on adjacent roadways, and active construction along WIS 142 near Burlington, it is suggested that motorists follow alternate routes along WIS 83, WIS 11 and WIS 75 to get around the closure. As always, motorists are advised to drive with caution when traveling in impacted areas and are reminded to not drive through standing or flowing water. For up to date closures and detour information visit https://511wi.gov or follow @511WI on Twitter.

Highway 50 has not been closed due to Fox River flooding since April 19 2013, when the Fox reached creasted at 14.5 feet. It stayed closed for about two day in 2013.



  1. Kale Dolfin says:

    Great. How do I get back and forth from Twin Lakes to I-94?

  2. Raise the Road says:

    For anybody who drives this road section on a regular basis you know that when the state rebuilt this highway nearly 20 years ago they built it low. So much so there is actually a dip in the road before the bridge that the water flows over.

    WHY ???

    The road could be two feet higher without affecting the water flow north and south by using pipes and culverts along and under the road. So why did the state build it low there?? Please someone tell me.

    A Major east west roadway of which millions, yes millions of dollars are effected between Lake Geneva and all points east and west and the state couldn’t truck in another hundred loads of gravel??

  3. Diane says:

    Kale – I got back to Twin Lakes after the Hwy 50 closing by taking B (Breezy Hill) to F (Bassett Rd) which eventually drops you ‘in town’ by Sentry. The only problem – river was starting to get REALLY close to over-running F…I don’t know if it’ll still be open in the AM. I guess C would be the next closest? North toward Burlington isn’t looking like a great option with all the problem they’re having.

  4. Val Lass says:

    The county should have used a local engineer instead of one from California to construct Hwy 50, there is the problem.

  5. Annette says:

    Kale you could take Bassett Road (Hwy F) and continue straight on Silver Lake Road by Peoples Bank. Stay on that (it will curve around a bit) but it will kick you back to Hwy 50 by the McDonalds next to the Walgreens on Hwy 50 & 83. 🙂 Happy and save travels!!

    1. Currently, Highway F is closed just east of Highway W to Highway B. Highway C is open however.

  6. Stacey says:

    Is west hwy 50 and hwy 12 getting better today? Do you think these flooding will be gone by tomorrow?

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