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DOT Seeks Public Input on Highway 8 Project Near Rhinelander

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is looking ahead to a major construction project on Highway 8 near Rhinelander.

It’s asking for people’s input on the project.

Highway 8 west of Rhinelander is need of repairs.

“The existing asphalt pavement out there is definitely deteriorating. It’s reached the end of its life and it’s time to replace it,” said DOT Project Manager Kai Kilen.

This construction project will focus on Highway 8 between the roundabout at Highway 47 and North Rifle Road.

It’s roughly a three-mile stretch.

In addition to replace the asphalt pavement, there are plans to improve drainage and repair curbs and gutters.

Kilen said the DOT is also working with the City of Rhinelander to replace railroad crossing.

Right now, the DOT is collecting input from people on the project.

“We always like to hear from people. Sometimes people see things that we miss. Have suggestions on things, especially traffic, special events, stuff like that. We also want to make sure we can answer any questions that anybody has. Beyond just comments, feel free to ask and answer those for you too,” Kilen said.

People who live or own a business in the project area were mailed a handout.

You can view materials on the project website.

Input can be shared viaan online comment form. Questions and comments can be directed to Kilen at (715) 365-5741, or by email at kai.kilen@dot.wi.gov.

Written comments can be mailed to WisDOT North Central Region, 510 Hanson Lake Road, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, 54501.

Comments are due Friday, July 16.

Construction is currently slated for 2024, but could start as early as 2023 depending on funding and other projects the DOT has on tap.

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