DOT Meeting Next Week In Rhinelander On Roundabout Construction

Jun 20, 2018

DOT image of U.S. 8-Wi. 47 intersection in Rhinelander
Credit Wisconsin DOT

The state Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting next week to discuss plans to reconstruct the US 8-WIS 47 intersection on Rhinelander's far west side.

The DOT announced late last year two options: a roundabout or an upgraded intersection with traffic signals.

DOT spokesperson Kristin McHugh says several needs were identified at this intersection, including pavement and safety issues. She says after working with local officials, and obtaining feedback from the public, a roundabout was selected as the best solution to address the identified needs, though there was opposition. The signaled intersection like now would be about a million dollars more to do than a roundabout, according to planners.

The reconstruction is planned for 2019.

McHugh says they are asking for input about the time of construction...

"..We want public feedback on some alternatives we are looking at during construction..."

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Rhinelander City Hall, on South Stevens Street....

"...so now, to finalize the design, we'd like the public's input on how we should manage traffic during construction. One of those alternatives includes a detour...."

McHugh says there will be a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a presentation on how to drive a roundabout. Additional information about plans to reconstruct the intersection can be found on the WisDOT website under projects.