WisDOT lays out plans to repave Highway 83 in Wheatland in 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation displayed its plans Tuesday to repave Highway 83 north from Highway 50 to Highway JB in Wheatland.

WisDOT officials were also gathering public input on the plans at a meeting held Tuesday at Wheatland Town Hall in New Munster.

Plans call for two inches of pavement to be removed and replaced, said WisDOT design leader Tyler Beinlich. Reflective material also will be placed around the traffic signals at the Highway 50/Highway 83 north to make them more visible. New pavement markings and signs also will be part of the project. Rumble strips down the center line also will be installed.

The project will not include any changes to lane configurations or timing of the traffic signals, Beinlich said.

The repaving should result in a smoother ride in the project area, Beinlich said.

“It’s quite a rough ride,” Beinlich said of the road’s current state.

Work is expected to start in spring of 2019 and last about two months, Beinlich said. There will be times when traffic will be controlled by flagging, but the roadway should remain open throughout the project.

Wheatland Fire Department Chief Louis Denko asked WisDOT officials if it would be possible to include controls for the signals that could be triggered by emergency vehicles to allow safer passage through the Highways 83/50 intersection.

Project manager Gary Metzer  said he would relay Denko’s request to the section of WisDOT responsible for those decisions to see if it could be added to the project.

Denko said a similar system is already in place at the Highway 50/Highway O intersection in Wheatland and the Highway 83-75/Highway 50 intersection in Paddock Lake.

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