State 67/County PP intersection to be rebuilt in 2015

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


Wisconsin Department of Transportation engineer Victoria Kassab (left) explains details of a reconstruction project set for the State 67/County PP intersection in 2015 to several area residents during an information meeting Thursday at the Plymouth Fire Station. The maps below show the work planned for the intersection and the preliminary proposed detour route. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner Wisconsin Department of Transportation engineer Victoria Kassab (left) explains details of a reconstruction project set for the State 67/County PP intersection in 2015 to several area residents during an information meeting Thursday at the Plymouth Fire Station. The maps below show the work planned for the intersection and the preliminary proposed detour route. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner PLYMOUTH – The road construction season on State 67 will last two years.

State Department of Transportation officials were in Plymouth Thursday to outline plans for the reconstruction of the State 67/ County PP intersection scheduled for the summer of 2015.

That will follow a year-long project along State 67/Milwaukee Street throughout the city in 2014.

“This is a safety improvement project. This intersection has been plagued with a high number of crashes,” DOT engineer Victoria Kassab told a crowd of 15 people in the Plymouth Fire Station meeting room.

She explained that the main problem at the intersection is vision and that the project will be aimed at correcting those issues.

The project will require the purchase of about 1.75 acres of land surrounding the intersection.

Those areas will be flattened to remove vision instructions, and the highway itself will be reconstructed to lower the profile of the road and make it easier for drivers to see oncoming traffic on State 67 and on County PP/Hill and Dale Road.

Right-turn lanes on northbound and southbound State 67 will also be lengthened, according to the DOT officials.

“The dollars for this project have been enumerated based on the highway safety improvement program,” DOT Project Manager Paul Brauer said. “Every year we check locations that are in the top 5 percent of crash frequency and those locations get funding for improvements.”

While the DOT has yet to draw up a timetable for the project, Brauer estimated that the work will probably take about three months to complete. “It’s going to be a good chunk of the summer,” he admitted.

The intersection will be closed to through traffic on State 67 while work is underway.

The planned detour will follow County ZZ and County Z into the city of Plymouth, then along Summit and Mill Streets to State 67 (Caroline Street).

That route drew some questions from several in the audience, who noted that it would require traffic, including trucks, to make a diffi- cult left turn and then come down a steep hill on Mill Street.

Several alternatives were suggested, including Fond du Lac Avenue and Pleasant Street to Western Avenue and then back to Milwaukee Street.

Brauer noted that the detour route is not finalized and said that DOT officials would take a look at possible alternatives.

He added that access will be maintained for all businesses and residences in the construction zone during the entire construction period.

The work will also include widening the shoulders on State 67 to 10 feet wide, with the first five feet paved, and putting in curb and gutter at the intersection to better define the roadways.

The current traffic island on County PP at the intersection will be removed as well, Kassab noted.

State 67 through the city of Plymouth is scheduled for six months of road construction next year.

The first phase of that project will be repaving the existing roadway from County PP to just past Riverbend Drive.

That will be followed by a complete reconstruction of the highway from just south of the Mullet River bridge south of Mill Street to just north of Suhrke Road. That work will require detours as well during construction.

“We would hope most people understand that our highways don’t last forever,” Brauer stated. “There’s going to be longer times getting around the area (during construction). We don’t hide that fact. It’s just part of the construction process.”


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