Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:04
Orange barrels will be part of the Ozaukee County landscape for the next year, as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has begun a $9.8 million bridge rehabilitation project on I-43 from Sauk Road to the Sheboygan County line.
Work began Monday, July 15, and is expected to continue until November. Construction will shut down for the winter, and then resume next spring.
According to the DOT, the bridge repair and painting work will continue through 2014.
Lunda Construction is the contractor.
The project will focus on four bridges over I-43 this year — at Sauk Road and Northwoods Road in the Town of Saukville, and Highway B and Highway 32/Highway H on the north side of Port Washington.
The bridges will be closed to through traffic during construction, with the exception of the Highway 32 bridge, which will be staged in halves to allow for two-way traffic.
A DOT spokesperson said the construction should not hamper out-of-town visitors coming to Port Washington for Saturday’s Fish Day festivities. If weather cooperates, work on the Highway 32 bridge is expected to start next week.
The bridge projects will include full deck replacements at Sauk Road and Highway 32. Pavement overlays are planned at the Northwoods Road and Highway B bridges.
To accommodate the deck work, a series of short-term overnight bridge closures are scheduled throughout the summer.
Additional work this year will include inside and outside shoulder repaving along northbound and southbound I-43, which will require overnight lane closures this month and in early September to accommodate removal of the bridge decks.
The lane closures will be from one mile south of Highway D to the north county line.
During the deck work and overnight closures, I-43 traffic will be diverted past the affected exits.
When construction resumes next spring, northbound traffic on I-43 will be reduced to one lane from Northwoods Road to Lake Drive, and southbound from Jay Road to Northwoods Road.
From June to September 2014, Highway LL traffic will be detoured at I-43 for overlay work and painting.
Pavement overlay work will also be done next year on the Lake Drive and Jay Road bridges. Work on two box culverts over Sucker Brook will also be completed next year.