‚ÄčConstruction and highway closure begins Monday, May 20

KAUKAUNA — Gov. Tony Evers has signed a $2.6 million contract to improve 4.89 miles of Wisconsin Highway 96 between Claribel Street in the city of Kaukauna and Broadway Street (County DD) in the village of Wrightstown.

Construction begins Monday, May 20, 2024. Highway 96 will be closed and detoured at the start of work. Construction is scheduled to finish in November of this year.

Northeast Asphalt, Inc. from Greenville, Wis. is the Prime Contractor.

Project improvements

This is a resurfacing-level project that includes milling 2″ and overlaying with 4″. Other work includes storm sewer and pipe culvert repair/replacement, curb ramp improvements, widening the paved shoulder from 4′ to 5′ in various locations, adding rumble strips, and pavement marking, according to a news release.

WisDOT developed a new WIS 96 511 Wisconsin construction website with exhibits, maps, and project displays.

Traffic impacts

WIS 96 will be closed and detoured for culvert and storm sewer repairs.

May 20 to mid-July 2024: Eight-week closure of WIS 96 between WIS 55 and County Road U for culvert pipe replacements. 

  • This detour is for traffic traveling through WIS 96 with no destination in the closed portion of the highway.
    • WIS 96 will be OPEN to businesses and properties in the closed portion of the highway.
  • Detour will follow WIS 55 to I-41 to County U.

Eight-week closure of WIS 96 between County U and County D for storm sewer repairs within the village of Wrightstown.

  • This detour is for traffic traveling through the closed portion of WIS 96.
    • WIS 96 will be OPEN to businesses and properties in the detoured portion of the highway.
      • Detour will follow County DD (Broadway Street) and County U (Lock Street).

Project benefits

The purpose of the project is to improve the deteriorating pavement and drainage structures on WIS 96 to extend the roadway’s service life and upgrade other roadway deficiencies. Field reviews of culvert pipes showed several culvert pipes in need of repair or replacement. Televised storm sewer identified failing storm sewer joints, blockage of water, or crumbling structures in several locations. There are spot locations of deteriorating curb/gutter and sidewalk. Multiple curb ramps along the project are currently not Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

More information

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.