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I-39 & Business 51 roadwork at Rothschild on schedule


ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Travelers on Interstate 39 near Rothschild may notice some changes in the construction zone by the Wisconsin River and Business 51 interchange.

Department of Transportation Project Supervisor Mark Steidl says the all-summer project replacing southbound bridges is nearly done, but motorists will still see workers taking out the temporary lanes and restoring the median. “We switched the southbound traffic back to the southbound lanes, and we expect to be working in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes for the next few weeks, and we’ll hopefully have everything wrapped up for this construction season by the end of November.”

Steidl says north and southbound traffic will be restricted to a single lane, but not all of the time, so approach the work zone carefully. “It will be reduced to single lane during off-peak traffic times to allow us to get in there and restore the median, and that will take us approximately two weeks. Then, all of the lanes should be open.”

Just south of the Business 51 Cedar Creek interchange, work started Tuesday on the shoulders of the northbound lanes. Steidl says this project is in response to driver complaints. “We’ve received several complaints from area residents around that segment of roadway with vehicles hitting the rumble strips, so the department investigated and determined that rumble strips were getting hit at an unusually higher level than what we would have expected, and therefore because of that, we’re going to move them back out the additional two feet.”

This work is taking place north of Maple Ridge Road. This project won’t take long to complete. Steidl says weather permitting, the crews can wrap up the northbound lanes in a few days and then move over to the southbound lanes.

(Listen to Mark Steidl's interview on our website, here.)