News Digest

Plymouth in best communities field

Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank have announced that Plymouth is one five Wisconsin communities registered for the America’s Best Communities contest.

Registration is the first step to compete for the $10 million in prize money that America’s Best Communities will award to small towns and cities across the country. Plymouth, Adams, Portage, Two Rivers and Wausau have until March 25 to complete their full and final applications.

The competition, conceived by Frontier and co-sponsored by DISH and CoBank, is designed to stimulate growth and revitalization in small cities and towns across 27 states in Frontier’s footprint. The contest will identify and invest in innovative ideas communities can use to build and sustain their local economies. The winning ideas will then become available as a roadmap for growth for all rural communities across the U.S.

“I am so pleased to see that these Wisconsin communities have registered for the contest,” said Frank Maydak, Frontier vice president and general manager. “I encourage all Wisconsin communities within Frontier’s 27-state service area to take advantage of this opportunity to win up to $3 million for economic revitalization. We look forward to seeing what kind of innovative plans are developed for local economic growth and community development.”

The top three competition winners — those with the most innovative, effective proposals — will be awarded a total of $6 million in grand prizes in April 2017. More detailed information on eligibility and how communities can apply can be found at

Summer roadwork projects listed

Four major state roads in Sheboygan County – including the first phase of expanding State 23 to four lanes west to Fond du Lac – are among the tentative list of construction projects scheduled for 2015 by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) regional office in Green Bay.

Work will be completed under traffic with flagging operations during daylight hours.

There will be a 7.5-mile project on State 23 from County P to the west county line which will begin this summer and continue through next spring.

This project will construct the grading work necessary for the added lanes to the north of existing State 23, an extension of the box culvert located at the Mullet River, a bridge to carry westbound State 23 over the Ice Age Trail, and a wetland mitigation site located in Fond du Lac County.

Work will consist of clearing, grubbing, common excavation, embankment placement, new culvert and inlet placement, base aggregate and asphalt pavement for side road connections, erosion control, landscaping, box culvert extension, and new bridge structure.

At least two lanes of traffic on State 23 (one lane in each direction) will remain open at all times. Access to side roads and driveways will be maintained at all times.

In the city of Plymouth, State 67 will undergo major reconstruction from one end of the city to the other.

The project will include reconstruction of the roadway with new concrete pavement, new sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer. It will also include reconstruction of State 67 in the vicinity of the County PP intersection, and provide a new asphaltic pavement surface along the entire length of the project. The project includes grading, base course, asphaltic pavement, storm sewer, and other miscellaneous items.

From the Mullet River to Surhrke Road, work will begin in April and end in November. From County PP to Riverbend Drive, it will be approximately a three-month period of work somewhere between mid- June and early November.

State 67 will be closed and detoured in to two stages.

During stage 1, when State 67 is closed from the Mullet River to the County C and Caroline Street intersection, traffic will be detoured using County PP, County E, and County C. During stage 2, when State 67 is closed from the County C and Caroline Street intersection to Suhrke Road, traffic will be detoured using County C and WIS 23.

In the vicinity of the County PP intersection, State 67 will be closed and detoured using County ZZ and County Z. The section of State 67 north of the County PP intersection to Riverbend Drive will remain open to traffic with occasional lane closures via flagging operations.

The State32/State 23 interchange north of the city of Sheboygan Falls is scheduled for approximately a one-month period of work starting as early as early/mid July and ending as late as mid-October.

The project consists of flattening out the intersection curb radii and providing truck aprons at the State 23 westbound on-ramp terminal at State 32. This modified intersection will accommodate oversize, overweight trucks traveling southbound State 32 to westbound State 23.

State 32, State 23, and associated ramp will remain open during construction. Shoulder closures will be necessary on State 32 and the ramp.

The 14th Street Sheboygan River bridge on State 28 in the city of Sheboygan may close and work may start no sooner than June 15 and the bridge should be re-opened by the end of October. The project has an overall completion date of May 26, 2016.

The work primarily consists of replacing the bridge deck over the Sheboygan River, with minor grading, base course, and pavement work on the approaches.

State 28 (14th Street) will be closed from a point just north of Niagara Avenue to Ontario Avenue. A signed detour will be provided for State 28 that follows Erie Avenue, Kohler Memorial Drive (State 23), Taylor Drive (County TA), and Indiana Avenue (County PP).

Schedules are subject to change.

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

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