- Construction on the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 47 in Woodruff will be pushed back to 2018. The project was supposed to start in 2017.
That's because DOT supervisors aren't sure how they want to reconstruct the road yet. They're looking at a few different design plans right now.
Project leaders want to make sure they pick the safest option. They also want more community input before they make a decision.
"The intersection will be constructed. It'll be a little bit larger and wider," explained WisDOT project development chief Matt Bronson. "We're working with the community to identify where the best locations for impacts would be to make a safe and efficient intersection."
Some of the plans to widen the intersection involve moving some of the businesses along the road. That's because the intersection was reconstructed in the 90s and trucks weren't as big as they are today. Now, trucks have a hard time turning at the intersection.
"In order to reduce impacts at that time, some of the radiuses were built smaller than the trucks of today. Trucks are longer today and we're going to be designing [the intersection] so we can meet the needs of the larger trucking industry," said Bronson.
Project leaders are working with business owners in the area to make sure they're impacted as little as possible.