I-43 slated to be repaired in summer

It’s a welcome project after years of pleading, but state isn’t using preferred technique to fix the road

 a keen insight to road quality since he makes his living driving a semi-truck.

The stretch of I-43 in northern Ozaukee County, he said, is the worst road he has ever traveled on.

Winker, along with other town officials and residents, have repeatedly called for that portion of the freeway to be repaired.

Their dream, after years of urging the state to do something, is scheduled to come true this summer.

“I think because of all the noise that we made it kind of got in somebody’s ear, so they figured it was time to get it fixed,” Winker said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced it will repair a 17-mile stretch of I-43 from Highway 32 in the Town of Grafton north to the Ozaukee County line.

The state, however, isn’t fixing the road the way the town would like.

“The sad part is they’re not going to be doweling those sections of concrete together, which is just a shame,” Winker said at Monday’s Town Board meeting.

“We can’t change it. It’s not our project.”

Diamond grinding removes a thin layer from the surface with diamond saw blades, and then runs the blades over the surface at a predetermined level to create grooves.

According to a DOT 2010 report, diamond grinding does not address structural causes of slab faulting, and faulted joints are “almost guaranteed” to reoccur.

Winker and others would have preferred doweling, a process that inserts steel dowels into slots across cracks in pavement.

Regardless, Winker is happy something is being done with that stretch of road.

“Long overdue. I’ll tell anybody it’s the roughest interstate in the Midwest,” he said.

“Gotta have the seat belt on,” said town resident Dennis Dimmer.

“And a mouth guard,” Winker said.

Construction is expected to start July 9, according to the DOT. The completion date is Oct. 1.

The project will include multiple single-lane closures, both northbound and southbound, during non-peak morning and evening periods, the DOT said.

Nightly road closures will also occur, with traffic routes to county highways to be provided.

In optimum conditions, according to the DOT, a contractor can diamond grind as much as two miles per day.

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