I-43 work heads to Ozaukee County next month


TRAVELERS ON I-43, seen here heading north toward the Highway 60 interchange, will begin to experience construction season next month as the Department of Transportation’s expansion project starts anew. Press file photo
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KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Construction season will begin for travelers along I-43 in southern Ozaukee County next month.

The Department of Transportation announced recently that the freeway expansion project would likely begin in mid to late February. The timeframe depends on finalizing details with the contractor as well as weather, officials noted.

“There’s a lot of progress to be made this year with a lot of moving parts,” Dan Sellers, southeast region communications manager, said.

Construction this year will focus on expansion and improvements along the north end of the project, which runs from Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee County to Highway 60 in Ozaukee County, as well as work on the County Line Road/Port Washington Road interchange.

The DOT has been working to build temporary lanes to allow traffic heading both north and south to use two lanes during peak travel times.

Highland Road between Highway I and Lake Shore Drive is set to close early this year as crews work on the bridge and interchange construction, and Lakefield Road under I-43 will close for the summer while temporary bridge reconstruction is done.

Falls Road will also close early this year through fall for bridge reconstruction.

Crews will temporarily widen the freeway from Highland Road in Mequon to Highway 60 in Grafton to accommodate northbound traffic while crews pave the road, and Pioneer Road from just east of I-43 to Lake Shore Drive will close in early fall for reconstruction.

The DOT encourages motorists to use highways C and W and Lake Shore Drive when Highland Road is closed.

While Falls Road is closed, drivers should use highways W, 60 and C to get around the closure.

And when Lakefield Road closes, motorists should use Highway W and Pioneer and Lake Shore roads, the DOT said.

The project, which will continue into 2025, will widen the 14-mile stretch of I-43 from Highway 60 in Grafton to Silver Spring Road in Milwaukee County from four lanes to six lanes, improve five interchanges and create a new interchange at Highland Road in Mequon.

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