Westby Main St./Hwy 14 Improvement Project 2024

Updates can be followed here or on the Westby Chamber's Facebook page.: Westby Main St./Hwy 14 Improvement Project 2024 

You can follow the DOT project progress below.

July 11, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend.  Thank you for your continued patience during this portion of the project.  The contractor is continuing on the westbound lanes through downtown with storm sewer installations and grading efforts.  Next week, trimming for concrete pavement will begin at the south end of the project and you could see concrete paving as early as July 22nd

Thank you for your continued patience.  Enjoy your weekend! 

July 2, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

Thank you for your patience during this portion of the project.  The contractor is continuing to progress along the westbound lanes through downtown with storm sewer installations and grading efforts.  Some significant asphalt patching was completed at first street yesterday.  With the holiday weekend approaching, you will see minimal work after mid-day tomorrow until work resumes on Monday.  

Thank you for your continued patience.  Enjoy your weekend! 

June 27, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

This is the same update as last week.  We are currently in the phase of the project where the same scope of work is being completed over multiple weeks, as we progress north through the project limits. 
Storm sewer, water and sanitary installations will continue.  This work will be followed by electrical installations, grading, and roadway base placement.  There will continue to be impacts to cross street access during the next few weeks, so please utilize the adjacent street for access if the one you are looking to use is closed.  The contractor will be repairing some temporary asphalt and filling potholes early next week, as well.  These items may result in minor impacts to traffic during the work.

Thank you for your patience.  Enjoy your weekend! 

June 20, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

As mentioned last week, the next few updates will be relatively uneventful.  Work efforts are continuing like last week.
Storm sewer, water and sanitary installations will continue through the downtown area.  This work will be followed by electrical installations, grading, and roadway base placement.  There will continue to be impacts to cross street access during the next few weeks, so please utilize the adjacent street for access if the one you are looking to use is closed.  The contractor will be repairing some temporary asphalt and filling potholes over the next few weeks, as well.  These items may result in minor impacts to traffic during the work.
Thank you for your patience.  Enjoy your weekend! 

June 14, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

The next few updates will be relatively uneventful, as work efforts will continue to be very similar over the next few weeks.
All roadway removals have been completed for this portion of Stage 2.  Over the next few weeks, storm sewer, water and sanitary installations will continue through the downtown area.  This work will be followed by electrical installations, grading, and roadway base placement.  There will continue to be impacts to cross street access during the next few weeks, so please utilize the adjacent street for access if the one you are looking to use is closed.

Thank you for your patience during the detour implementation and continued construction progress.  Enjoy your weekend! 

June 6, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

Thank you for all your patience and understanding during the detour implementation this past week.  We have heard your concerns and have been, and will continue to, monitor the traffic on both the detour and USH 14.  We have identified a few locations where additional signs will be placed along the detour.  It always takes a week or so to adjust to traffic pattern changes.  We are hoping that things are moving smoother for everyone already. 

Next week, removals will continue through downtown and storm sewer installations will begin in the downtown area.  There will be intermittent intersection closures for storm sewer installations, so please remember to head to the next intersection if the one you are trying to utilize is closed.  Once removals are completed, grading and roadway base placement will begin on the south end of the project, working north.  The City will also be removing the lighting from the east side of the street through downtown if it has not already been completed.

 Again, thank you for your patience and enjoy your weekend!

 

May 30, 2024 update:

 

Residents & Business Owners,

This week threw us for a loop.  The rain and factors outside our control pushed the detour implementation back.  The detour should be set and operational by early afternoon tomorrow.  Today, you will see the paving crew working throughout the project to try to mend and mitigate the growing pothole concern.  Moisture = more potholes.  We will likely be battling potholes through the summer/project but are hoping today’s efforts will greatly decrease the issue.  Please continue to be patient and drive slowly.

For the next few weeks, pavement removals and storm sewer installations will be happening between Coon Prairie and Black River.  All parking on USH 14 will be blocked off during this time and designated pedestrian crossings will be marked.  We ask that you do not park within the construction zone at any time.  There will be material deliveries and construction equipment moving through those areas throughout the day.  There will also be occasional intersection closures.  If the intersection you are trying to utilize is closed, the next one should be open for access.  Southbound/Eastbound traffic may be interrupted by occasional flagging during storm sewer installations.

Again, thank you for your patience and enjoy your weekend!

 

May 23, 2024 update:

Residents & Business Owners,

We have big changes happening next week.  Unfortunately, with all the rain, an extensive number of potholes have appeared on the existing pavement.  The contractor, City and County have been working together to try to stay ahead of them.  With that being said, the contractor will be installing an asphalt overlay along the southbound/eastbound lane from near WCCU to Coon Prairie Rd on Tuesday, after the detour is implemented.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to remedy this situation as quickly as we can.  Patching will continue until the overlay is installed.
The northbound/westbound detour of USH 14 will be implemented sometime on Tuesday.  This is the time when no parking will be allowed along USH 14 or on the detour route.  The contractor will be begin removing existing pavement and sidewalk immediately after the overlay installation is complete, so we please ask that you do not park along either route started Tuesday morning at 7am.
Attached is an updated version of the detour map which now includes where pedestrian crossings will be located during the detour.  Please note that traffic on State Street will be under a stop condition at Bekkedahl Ave during the detour.  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is also going to be testing a pilot program for audible devices at some of the pedestrian crossings on the project.  These devices will be motion activated and will verbally direct pedestrians along the correct route through the project. 

 Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we continue to progress through Stage 2.  

CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED DETOUR MAP

May 16, 2024 update:

All:

I hope you are all preparing to enjoy Syttende Mai this weekend.  Work is progressing on the project, as I am sure you have noticed.  Currently, old concrete pavement and storm sewer are being removed.  New storm sewer is being installed.  There will be some impacts to traffic at the Coon Prairie and Black River intersections next week while we complete storm sewer crossings prior to beginning the detour.  At some point next week, there may also be a water service interruption on the south end of the project.  If your property will be impacted, you will receive a 48 hr notice prior to the service being temporarily shut off.

We are continuing to monitor the existing pavement on the traffic shift and will be patching these areas, as needed.  The detour for the NB/WB traffic is still anticipated to be implemented after Memorial Day.  Pavement markings will be installed on the detour route for one way traffic.  A map is attached for your reference. 

Again, once the detour is implemented, there will be no street parking on the detour or on USH 14.  The streets need to be clear for the contractor to stage materials, equipment and work safely and efficiently.

We appreciate your understanding during all these traffic adjustments and staging changes.  

CLICK HERE FOR DETOUR MAP

 

May 9, 2024 update:
 

Residents & Business Owners,

We have finally pushed into the start of Stage 2 on the project.  Yesterday traffic was shifted onto the temporary widening areas for work to begin on the East side of USH 14 and along the South side of STH 27.  This will take a little time to get used to. 
Please continue to drive slowly and watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, and construction workers.

During the next few weeks, existing pavement will be removed, storm sewer and other utilities will be installed from the south end of the project to Coon Prairie and from Black River to STH 27.  New road base material will be placed, along with geogrid to better stabilize the road.  We ask that you do not park within the construction zones.  Heavy equipment will be moving throughout the closures and materials will be stored in these areas.  There will not be adequate space to accommodate parked vehicles and construction traffic.  There may be certain times when access to the properties along the work zone will be limited but should be restored by the end of each working day.  Work may also begin on the old portion of STH 27 later in the week.

If you have received a mailbox removal notice, please contact the Postal Service to determine where to best place your mailbox for the time being.  Mailbox relocations are the responsibility of the resident/homeowner.  More of these notices may be delivered as we move into the downtown work in a few weeks.

Sometime after Memorial Day, the detour of NB traffic will be implemented, and work will begin in the downtown area.  At that time, no parking will be available on the detour route or USH 14, and sidewalks will need to be cleared for removals.  Future updates will provide estimated timelines and locations for work, we just want to remind everyone that these restrictions are coming.  Sidewalk will be always maintained on one side of the street through downtown, except for minor impacts necessary to complete removals and reinstall access.  Designated crossings will be clearly marked for access to businesses and residences on the opposite side of Main St during this time.
The asphalt overlay that is going to be placed on the detour route will now be happening after the detour is complete. The intent is to provide a quality product back to the City after increasing the roadway usage during construction. We are hoping to have the overlay completed in September or shortly after the detour route is eliminated.  

Work will be halted around noon on Friday, May 17th for Syttende Mai.  Enjoy your weekend and thank you for your patience while we progress!

 

May 2, 2024 update:

Update:
Yesterday, crews began paving the temporary widening on the north end of the project. Driveways in these areas will be temporarily replaced with asphalt pavement during this phase. Once all widening areas have been paved, traffic will be shifted to the west onto the new pavement for work to begin on the east side of USH 14, except for the downtown area. There may be minor flagging delays during this stage for storm sewer installations and we appreciate your patience during these times. Work will also continue at the STH 27 intersection. Construction will begin on the first stages of the roundabout and new frontage road. There may also be intermittent delays in those areas as work progresses. Bidirectional traffic will be maintained on USH 14 during this stage.
WisDOT and project staff have evaluated the detour plan and determined that it will now be overlaid after the utilization of the detour is complete. During the detour, traffic will still run one way in the center of the road and no parking will be allowed along either side of the route. This is anticipated to be implemented after Memorial Day. The overlay of Coon Prairie and Bekkedhal will now happen sometime after August 30, 2024.
Feel free to reach out with any questions. Enjoy your weekend!

April 25, 2024 update:

All:
Rain has slowed the removal and grading efforts on the West side of USH 14 down a bit this past week and that work will continue for the next few days. We are hopeful that those areas will be ready for asphalt pavement sometime next week, weather dependant. Once the widening is completed, traffic will be shifted onto the new temporary widening and work will begin on the east side of USH 14. With this new traffic configuration, bidirectional traffic will still be maintained along USH 14 until after Memorial Day.
Also, if things progress as planned, Coon Prairie Ave and Bekkedal will be milled and paved to prepare for the implementation of the detour after Memorial Day. Milling and paving operations will be happening under traffic with flagging operations, so please be patient and watch for workers and oncoming traffic.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to move forward with the project.

April 17, 2024 update:
 

Weekly progress update:

All: 

Thank you for your patience as we start to really get into construction this week.  With the rain, the contractor has moved to the south end of the project to begin removals on the median near the intersection with Old Town Road.  Removals and grading will continue next week along the west side of USH 14 from Old Town Road to Coon Prairie Avenue and from Black River Avenue to STH 27.  Driveway access in these areas may be impacted during this time.  It is expected that the contractor will be providing you with some notice prior to limiting access.  All properties should have access reestablished prior to the end of the workday unless the property owner makes arrangements with the contractor.  There will also be some work on the east side of USH 14 at Black River Avenue and Coon Prairie Avenue to prepare for the start of the detour after Memorial Day. 

Sidewalk detours, sidewalk closures and side road closures will be set up as needed.  Two consecutive side streets cannot be closed at the same time, so the inconvenience for accessing USH 14/Main Street should be minimal.  

There are also a few properties along Main Street that will have to relocate their mailboxes during the project.  The grading contractor, one of our project staff, or I will be stopping by with a note at each location.  You will have to work with the post office to make sure the new location will work for them.  This is something that is the responsibility of the individual property owners and we appreciate your understanding if you are one of these impacted residents. 

We are also anticipating temporary asphalt paving late next week in the areas where grading and removals are happening.  Coon Prairie Avenue and Bekkedal Avenue may also be milled and paved next week.  After milling there may be a 2” drop at some driveways and accesses along the detour route until asphalt paving can take place.  The contractor is going to do their best to minimize the time between milling and paving.  All this work will by heavily dependent on weather and progress. 

Feel free to reach out with any questions and again, we truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we progress through the project.

April 11, 2024 update:

Weekly progress update:

"Business Owners & Residents,
Hopefully, the snow is gone for good. This week brought quite a few changes to the project. Traffic control devices have been set for work to begin on Stage 1 on the north and south ends of the project. Over the next few weeks, there will be roadway & sidewalk removals, grading, and asphalt paving to build a temporary lane along the west side of Main Street in these areas. Grading and storm sewer installations have also started on the new temporary lanes along STH 27, which are necessary for construction to begin on the roundabout.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding as we begin work on this project. Feel free to reach out with any questions."

April 4, 2024 update:

Weekly progress update:
"Good morning business owners & residents!
I hope you all are enjoying this late winter arrival. Even with the snow, you will continue to see work progressing on the project. The car wash building demo is nearly complete and all tree cutting and trimming is complete. Next week, there will be some roadway removals starting on the north and south ends of project to begin preparation for temporary asphalt lanes. More activity will continue near the intersection of USH 14 and STH 27 and will include some earthwork and storm sewer installations along STH 27 near Hanson’s and WCCU. This work will continue into the following week, as well. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this project. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!"

March 27, 2024 update:

From Project Engineer:

“We have made it through our first official week of work on the USH 14 project in Westby. All tree trimming and cutting will be completed by the end of this week. On Monday, April 1st, demolition will begin on the carwash building. The erosion control contractor will be installing various erosion control devices along the project and sawcutters will be on site early in the week to start sawing sidewalk, driveways and streets for removals to start later in the week. You will also notice more traffic control devices on site later next week and traffic lane widths will start to be reduced. Please remember that while we do try to provide an accurate anticipated schedule, things can change based on a multitude of factors. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this project. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!”

March 19, 2024 update:

Details from yesterday's meeting with the prime contracting company - Zignego - & the DOT regarding the reconstruction of US 14 in the city of Westby can be found in the attached document.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Eu_A_l8gryddvsRh5ggxI25_lmxFQRDDAQTauBd8Kes/edit?exids=71471469,71471463&pli=1