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At long last, Highway 55 interchange at 41 reopens

Ribbon cutting Oct. 26 for the new Highway 55, Interstate 41 interchange. WisDOT photo.
Ribbon cutting Oct. 26 for the new Highway 55, Interstate 41 interchange. WisDOT photo.

KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna’s long-awaited Highway 55 interchange with Interstate 41 officially reopened yesterday, giving motorists on the city’s north side quick access to the highway.

The ramps reopened Saturday morning, Oct. 27, with a ribbon cutting ceremony with local and state officials.

The interchange ramps had been closed since July 30 as crews replaced the old access ramps with roundabouts.

The construction was part of the Wisconsin 55 Kaukauna Urban Reconstruction Project that began in March, according to a Wisconsin DOT news release.

The $9.6 million project included:

Reconstructing Wisconsin 55 from Lawe Street through the I-41 interchange ramps

Construction of four roundabouts along Wisconsin 55 at County Highway OO, Maloney Road/Gertrude Street and the I-41 northbound and southbound ramp intersections

Realigning the Lawe Street intersection and adding traffic signals

Added bicycle and pedestrian accommodations between County OO and the north end of the project

Other work included storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, sidewalks, retaining walls street lighting and incidentals.

Highway 55, Interstate 41 interchange. WisDOT photo.
Highway 55, Interstate 41 interchange. WisDOT photo.

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