News Digest

Work on State 57 continues

Work will continue this week on several highway projects in Sheboygan County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Green Bay regional office.

On State 57, asphalt paving will continue between County O and State 32. Construction of new traffic signals will continue at the intersection of State 57 and County PP, State 57 and Kiley Way, and State 57 and the westbound ramps of State 23.

Asphalt pavement removal and replacement with concrete pavement will continue at several locations throughout the project.

State 57 will remain open to through traffic. Between County K and County O, single lane closures will occur in areas of work. Between County O and State 32, work will be completed using flagging operations.

The 24-mile, $5.0 million project from the Ozaukee/Sheboygan county line to the Manitowoc/Sheboygan county line is scheduled for completion in October.

On the Interstate 43 bridge painting project, the State 32 and County KK bridges over I-43 will have the structural steel repainted this week.

I-43 will remain open to traffic with single lane closures in both directions. State 32 will remain open to two-way traffic during bridge painting operations. County KK will be closed to traffic during bridge painting operations. During closure, County KK will not be detoured.

The northbound lane closure under State 32 on the median side on I-43 was put back up Saturday. The crew will work on building a containment of the structural steel of the State 32 bridge from the median to the middle of the northbound I-43. They will then remove the old paint and replace it with a three coat paint system.

Afterwards the containment will be removed and the lane they were working over will be opened up to traffic. A northbound lane closure under County KK on the outside or right lane on I-43 was also put up Saturday. The road over I-43 on County KK will be closed to traffic. Then the crew will work on building a containment of the structural steel.

The left, inside lane of Northbound I-43 will be closed down underneath the State 32 bridge. The right, outside lane of northbound I-43 will be closed down underneath the County KK bridge. The road over I-43 on County KK will be closed to traffic with no detour.

A reduction of the posted regulatory speed limit from 65 mph to 55 mph will take place on I-43 during the lane closures. The State 32 bridge over I-43 will remain open to two-way traffic. Both of these lanes will be open to traffic from noon until 10 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Masters Gallery aids tornado relief

Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. teamed up with Marco’s Pizza to assist with tornado relief efforts in Moore, Okla.

The Plymouth-based cheese manufacturer donated 6,000 pounds of cheese to help Marco’s Pizza serve approximately 15,000 pizzas to the hometown of Moore and the volunteers working to restore the devastated community.

UP Rail Trail work to start

Sheboygan County is proceeding with the construction of the “railsto trails” project along the abandoned rail corridor running through the heart of Sheboygan.

The trail will run from Pennsylvania Avenue in the south north to Martin Avenue. The goal is to ultimately get the trail to North Avenue and potentially further south to Indiana Avenue or even Mead Avenue.

The construction of the trail will commence on or about June 10. There will be a multitude of different contractors working on the project, but the local firm James Peterson & Sons (Buteyn-Peterson), won the overall bid for the project. Construction will consist of, but will not be limited to:

• Some tree removal if trees are within the right-of-way.

• Street closures from time-to-time, mostly on side streets.

• Removing the steel rail (the resale value of which will be put into a long-term maintenance fund).

• Removing the ties.

• Removing the bridge at Wisconsin Avenue.

• Redecking/rehabbing the bridge over the Sheboygan River.

• Intersection improvements at Erie Avenue/Wisconsin Avenue/Michigan Avenue.

• Intersection reconstruction at Saemann Avenue.

• Constructing, grading, and paving the trail.

It is expected that the work will take approximately 75 days.

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