Work underway for new Highway 26 lanes
JANESVILLE — What it is: Construction work on Highway 26 from Janesville to Milton and beyond, as the state works to expand the highway from here through Jefferson and Dodge counties.
What's the progress: Crews started pouring concrete recently on the eight-mile bypass, said Teri Schopp, project manager with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The majority of southbound lanes are complete, she said last week, and all would have been done had the rain held off.
Within the next couple of weeks, workers will have the northbound lanes poured and a good start on the ramps, she said. Then, shoulder work, signing and pavement marking will be completed.
The new Highway 26 lanes will tie into the existing highway around Townline Road on the south end and just north of County N on the north end.
Completion date: Everything depends on the weather, but the plan is to switch traffic onto the bypass by the end of August.
The project is a little behind schedule because of rain, but crews are working 12-hour days to try to make up the time, Schopp said.
How will it open? When the bypass opens, only one lane in each direction will be open, both in the northbound lanes, Schopp said. That gives workers a chance to tie in the north and south ends of the bypass.
About four to five weeks later, all four lanes, two in each direction, will open.
Detours: Starting in early July, Highway 59 will be closed for about three weeks and detoured onto the old Highway 59. Crews have pavement repair and lighting installation to do.
For more information: Visit dot.state.wi.us/projects/wis26corridor/index.htm.
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