News Digest

Summer roadwork projects listed

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation regional office in Green Bay is providing a tentative listing of construction projects scheduled in the region for 2013.

The list includes state projects on interstates, the United States highway system, and the Wisconsin state highway system. Construction costs for these projects are estimated at approximately $270 million.

These schedules are subject to change. Once construction has begun on a project, updates on traffic impacts and construction progress will be available on DOT’s weekly construction media release, distributed every Friday, tentatively set to begin in early March.

Motorists are advised to use caution and remain alert when driving through any work zone.

In Sheboygan County, the following projects are scheduled for this year:

State 32 and 42 for 3.5 months, starting in late spring/early summer.

The resurfacing project will include State 32 from State 23 to the Howards Grove north village limits and State 42 from the Pigeon River to the Howards Grove north village limits – 6.4 miles of State 32 and .9 miles of State 42.

Both roads will be open to traffic with flagging.

Bridge projects at State 32 and County KK are scheduled for 2.5 months of work sometime between mid-April and mid-October on Interstate 43.

The project will consist of bridge painting.

County KK will be closed for 20 days, while State 32 will remain open with single lane closures. There will be some lane restrictions to I-43 during the project.

A Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) project - intersection reconstruction at County O, Pleasant View Road, County E, and County M intersections – is scheduled on State 23 from Plymouth to Sheboygan from June to November.

County O, Pleasant View Road, County E and County M will be closed during construction. County E will not be closed at the same time as County O and Pleasant View Road. There will be some lane closures on State 23.

The project will also include work on the County M intersection.

Other projects on State 23 will include painting the bridge overpass at State 57, 1.5 months of work sometime between mid-June and mid- October. There will be some lane closures on State 57 during the work.

There will also be a bridge painting project on the bridge overpasses of State 23 at Woodland and Range Line roads for 2.5 months sometime between mid-April and mid-October.

There will be some lane closures on State 23. Woodland and Rangeline Roads will be closed during bridge painting, but not concurrently

A resurfacing project on State 57 from the south county limits to State 32 is scheduled from mid-April to November.

The 24.9-mile project will be done under traffic with flagging.

Drivers are also encouraged to seek information about work zones and detours at the following locations: for statewide, recorded road construction information, 24 hours a day, call 511, or visit www.511wi.gov.

More information can also be found at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/ projects/ne.htm.

CRP signup set to begin

Brad Pfaff, executive director of USDA’s Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, announced that the 45th general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin May 20 and continue through June 14.

During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

“It continues to be our goal to ensure that we use CRP to address our most critical resource issues” Pfaff said in a press release. “In 2012, many states experienced the worst drought in 60 years. CRP protected environmentally sensitive lands from washing or blowing away. It gave ranchers extra grazing land when they needed it. I expect there will be strong competition to enroll or re-enroll acres into CRP, so I urge Wisconsin’s producers to maximize their environmental benefits and make sure their offers are cost-effective.”

In addition to erosion control, CRP provides significant water quality benefits including reduced nutrients and sediment loadings and adverse consequences associated with floods as well as expanded and enhanced wildlife habitat.

Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP nationwide, 319,000 acres in Wisconsin. CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them safeguard environmentally sensitive land.

Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Contracts on an estimated 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire Sept. 30 - 73,000 of those acres in Wisconsin. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP.

Producers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance for planting covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis. Continuous sign-ups often provide additional financial assistance. Those sign-up dates will be announced later.

For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit the Sheboygan County FSA Office or http://www.fsa.usda.gov.


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