State 67 plans detailed

Repaving planned in 2021, perhaps as early as 2019
by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


THIS MAP SHOWS the portion of State 67 which is scheduled for reconstruction in 2021, or perhaps as early as 2018, by the state Department of Transportation. DOT and project staff presented the plan and answered questions (cover and below) at a public information meeting Nov. 15 in Elkhart Lake. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner THIS MAP SHOWS the portion of State 67 which is scheduled for reconstruction in 2021, or perhaps as early as 2018, by the state Department of Transportation. DOT and project staff presented the plan and answered questions (cover and below) at a public information meeting Nov. 15 in Elkhart Lake. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner ELKHART LAKE – State 67 from Plymouth to Kiel will get a complete resurfacing in 2021 – or perhaps as early as 2019.

State Department of Transportation and project officials presented plans for the project Wednesday, Nov. 15, at a public information meeting in the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School cafeteria.

“The dollars (for the project) are set in the year 2021,” DOT Project Manager Paul Brauer told the audience of about three dozen people. “We are trying to get the plans set for as early as 2019,” should funding become available earlier than scheduled now.

The project will cover 11.5 miles from Suhrke Road in Plymouth to the State 32/57 intersection roundabout in Kiel. Concrete roadway at the State 23 interchange north of Plymouth will be replaced with new concrete and on the rest of the highway, the asphalt surface will be ground down and repaved, according to project consultant Jenny Sonnenberg.

The bridge over the Mullet River just north of the State 23 intersection will be overlayed and a box culvert north of County MM in the Muehl Springs Natural Area north of Elkhart Lake will be replaced, she added.

Detours will be in place during those two projects, Sonnenberg noted. The bridge deck work will take less time than the box culvert, so a longer detour will be in place until the bridge work is done (roughly three weeks), then a shorter detour for another three weeks or so while the culvert is finished.

Right turn lanes will be added on Schwaller Road, Garton Road and County MM at their intersections with State 67, while right turn lanes will be extended at Woodland Road, Racetrack Road, Highview Drive, Lime Kiln Road, County J and County FF.

Paved shoulders will be widened as much as possible, Sonnenberg said, from three feet to five wide. Beam guards will be upgraded and some steep side slopes along the road will be regraded to provide better visibility and safety.

“We’re not going to be changing the geometrics of the road,” Brauer emphasized. “The road is going to stay pretty much where it is. This is a relatively low level improvement, but we hope to see a big benefit from it.”

Much of the questioning from the audience centered on specific intersections along the highway, with DOT staff and consultants explaining what changes, if any, will be made at the intersections to enhance safety.

One example, Sonnenberg said, would be cut back a hill at the intersection of State 67 and County EH to improve sight lines for approaching traffic on both roads where they intersect.

“At a lot of locations, we’re not only going to widen the shoulders but also reduce the slope beyond the shoulders,” Brauer explained. That would reduce the risk of a rollover if a car should leave the roadway, which he said is a real danger currently along some stretches of the present highway.


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