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2020 County Construction Updates

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2020 County Construction Project Status Update
(Project Dates Subject to Change)

Revised 03/09/2020

Project:  CTH KK (Lake Drive to CTH A) Reconstruction 
Project Description:  This project involves the reconstruction of 3.3 miles of CTH KK (Old USH 10) in the Town of Amherst, Village of Amherst Junction and Village of Amherst.  It consists of removing the existing asphalt pavement, breaking the existing concrete pavement and placing a new asphalt pavement section over the existing concrete.  The intersection at Western Way / Wilson Street and the intersection at Main Street will be reconstructed to improve safety, drainage and future maintenance.  The existing horizontal & vertical alignments and existing ditching will have minimal changes.

CTH KK will be closed to through traffic throughout construction. Access will be provided to adjacent residences and businesses as well as emergency vehicles during construction, but all other traffic shall utilize alternate routes. 

Estimated Construction Date:  Anticipated state date is early May with completion in mid-September.  The project will be broken into two stages with the CTH KK and Western Way / Wilson Street Intersection starting in early May and will have asphalt pavement placed by early July (prior to the Amherst Fair).  Work on the sections to the east and west of this intersection will follow and all work is anticipated to be complete in September.

Project:  CTH SS (High Street to CTH T) Resurfacing
Project Description:  This project involves 2.5 miles of CTH SS from High Street in Nelsonville to CTH T in the Town of Amherst.  It consists of resurfacing the existing roadway which includes pulverizing the existing pavement, grading, replacing culverts, asphalt paving, gravel shouldering, pavement markings and sign replacements as needed.

CTH SS will be closed to through traffic throughout construction.  Access will be provided to adjacent residences and businesses as well as emergency vehicles during construction, but all other traffic shall utilize alternate routes.

Estimated Construction Date:  Anticipated start date is September 2020.

Project:  2020 Crackfilling and Chip Sealing 
Project Description:  Approximately 50 miles of county highways are planned to be crackfilled and chip sealed. Deficient culverts will be replaced, cracks will be filled with rubber crack filler. Road repairs will be wedged with asphalt prior to the chip seal process. New pavement markings will be installed.
 2020 - 2021 Chipseal Map

A majority of these roads will remain open to local traffic during chipsealing and sweeping with reduced speed limits. Traffic is encouraged to utilize alternate routes until all roads are swept. 

Estimated Construction Date:  Anticipated start date is May 2020.

 

There will also be additional information posted regarding the multiple state maintenance projects which the county will be performing in 2020. Any questions may be directed to the Portage County Highway Department at 715-345-5230.

While typical construction work zones are prevalent throughout the county and state, there are also a significant number of maintenance and emergency operations that may be short-term or moving operations.  Drivers are reminded of the state’s “Move Over, Slow Down” law which requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a "safety zone" for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, utility vehicle, or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing. This law is critical as not all work zones are limited to major construction zones.  These can include daily maintenance, emergency vehicle stops, utility work, and even garbage pick-up. 

The Portage County Highway Department workers and their families thank you in advance for slowing down and driving attentively through our work zones.