DOT updates four-lane 23 status

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Northeast Region Office in Green Bay is providing an update for the State 23 corridor expansion project.

The first phase of the project was originally scheduled to begin in May and would eventually expand 20 miles of State 23 from two to four lanes from Plymouth in Sheboygan County to Fond du Lac. The project is on hold pending clarification of traffic forecasting and consideration of recent population data as requested by the federal court.

DOT Regional Director Will Dorsey said, “While we regret delaying the start of this important project, we welcome the opportunity to further explain to the court and the public our methodology and why this needs to be built. At this time we do not have a start date for construction.”

In addition to projected traffic volume growth, other factors supporting the need for the State 23 project include:

State 23 is a critical east-west connector route between two interstate highways, I-41 and I-43 and Fond du Lac and Sheboygan.

• Improvement in roadway design will reduce safety/crash related problems.

• Enhanced economic development due to easier transfer of goods and services.

• Local, regional and statewide commercial, industrial and recreational resources will be more accessible.

Together with DOT, 11 federal and state agencies have already reviewed and approved the project. A number of st• te and local officials, municipalities, municipal planning organizations and representatives from various Native American tribes have also indicated their support.

The utility relocation work already started for the first phase of the project will be completed later this summer.

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