DOT to start work Monday on Portage I-39 interchange

May 5, 2018

Work renovating a Portage highways interchange will begin in earnest on Monday, according to a release by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

At the intersection of State Highway 16/127 and Interstate-39, crews will install a roundabout and overlay a 1.2-mile section of road from Boeck Road to the railroad bridge.

Elsewhere in the county projects are breaking ground, though with a late start.

“It’s a little slow with the late spring — or the lack of spring — so it’s a little slow getting things turned around from winter to the summer season. We’re a little behind schedule,” said Columbia County Highway Commissioner Chris Hardy. “Everybody was busy plowing and finishing up brushing — we had a lot of plowing late in the season, which is not usual — and now it is kind of wet, so that makes it kind of difficult for grading or anything like that.”

Now that roads are clear, work has begun on Highway D east of Fall River where, according to Hardy, crews will be doing surfacing work. That will result in some road closure once the project gets to the stage of gravel and paving.

“There is also a contractor doing some work for the village on County D lowering an intersection there,” said Hardy, “and that has been under a detour for a couple weeks now — probably into early June would be my guess. There will probably be some shoulder grading into July, but the majority of paving and that type of stuff should be done in early June.”