2014 Busiest Year of U.S. 41 Project in Brown County - WBAY

2014 Busiest Year of U.S. 41 Project in Brown County

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says 2014 will be the largest single year of construction for the US 41 Project. This means more than a dozen construction projects will be going on along the highway in Brown County, including work at three highway interchanges (41 and 172, 41 and 29, and the new i-43 interchange)

See the DOT's projected 2014 schedule for the US 41 project.

In 2014 US 41 Project highway workers face the test of the busiest single year of construction.

Of the $1.5 billion project price tag, roughly $975 million of that is dedicated to improvements in Brown County. Right now, as many as 15 projects are in progress.

"Wide lanes, 3-4 lanes, auxiliary lanes, merge in lanes, new overpasses that are wider. So, the people of Brown County when it's all said and done are really going to like the outcome," said US 41 Project Communications Manager Mark Kantola.

The fly over ramp at 29 and 41 will open to traffic sometime this summer. DOT officials say it's a good example of what drivers through the county can expect in the future.

In the meantime, over the next couple years construction workers will be busy trying to finish a bulk of the US 41 Project.

"We've just got a massive amount of construction going on. What we like to do is get the word out soon to people that 'hey' you're going to see a lot more orange barrels. You're going to see a lot more construction workers. We need you to slow down," said Kantola. 

DOT officials say they're working with law enforcement to make sure people slow down in construction zones. Frost in the ground and wintry weather also pose a challenge.

"Some of those smaller projects were delayed a little bit because of the cold weather. Luckily the US 41 Project as a whole is still 3 years out. So we're still on that time track to finish by 2017," said Kantola. 

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