One of the road projects that has seemingly flown under the radar is what the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has planned for the U.S. Highway 2 & 53 corridor in Superior.  And the scope and the cost alone should warrant advance coverage.

During a two year summer construction period - happening 2020 and 2021 - WISDOT will rework the stretch of 2 & 53 that runs from 2nd Avenue East to 53rd Avenue East.  Being a major arterial route for the greater Twin Ports, the highway sees a lot of daily traffic and with single land closures, that will bring about major delays and inconveniences.

That's not to say that it won't be worth it.  When done, WISDOT will have accomplished the following:

  • Repairs, rebuilt, and resurfaced the entire stretch of highway - approximately 6 miles total
  • Repaired and rehabilitated 3 bridge structures
  • Improvements to curb and ramps
  • Upgraded and replaced traffic signals
  • Repaired utility manholes and inlets

All told, the project will cost around $15 million.  As reported, delays and re-routes will be inevitable.  The bulk of the work zone will see single lane closures in each direction for the entire project.  In addition, some of the major intersections (at 28th and also at Belknap) will need to be restricted at times.

To see the full scope of the work and to get more details, click here for the online project page.