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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.

Wisconsin DOT

The federal and state governments have set aside this week as Work Zone Awareness Week as part of efforts to prevent traffic crashes, deaths and injuries in construction and maintenance areas along roadways.

Drivers are asked to stay alert in work areas, which include major highway construction and rolling maintenance operations as well as emergency response, municipal projects and utility work along local roads.

DOT spokesperson Kristin McHugh says last year there were many crashes in Wisconsin road work zones...


The Department of Transportation(DOT) has decided to install a roundabout at the busy U.S. 8--Wisconsin 47 intersection on Rhinelander's west side.

In December, the DOT held a meeting at Rhinelander City Hall to get public input.

The roundabout was presented as a less expensive alternative to keeping the traditional arrangement of the intersection with upgrades. Project Manager Dan Erva outlines what they feel are reasons for the roundabout....

The busy intersection at  state Highway 47 and U.S. 8 on Rhinelander's west side is going to be worked on in 2019, and the state would like to hear from you as to your preference.

Proposed is an upgrade from the current signaled intersection with merge ramps that would also require more pavement and moving of driveways. The alternative is a roundabout.


A busy intersection on Rhinelander's west side is the focus of a meeting next week.

The Department of Transportation is hosting a public informational meeting at Rhinelander City Hall Tuesday concerning the U.S. 8 and state 47 intersection.

Officials say the intersection has had it's share of crashes. Rhinelander Director of Public Works Tim Kingman says the meeting is a good opportunity for the public to see the options the state has in mind for the intersection...


A provider of driver training in Antigo and Hurley has closed operation and the DOT suggests looking for other trainers.

Wisconsin DMV spokesperson Deb Kraemer says Adaptive Experts LLC is no longer licensed to provide training services.

Adaptive Experts provided classroom and behind the wheel training.

Kramer says people needing driver training in Antigo and Hurley can go to the DOT/DMV website to get more information...





The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says Pokemon GO can cause real-world hazards for users.

Pokemon Go is the newest smartphone app that uses amplified reality settings to catch  Pokemon. Director of Transportation Safety Dave Pabst says drivers need to put their phones down and concentrate on driving.


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The Department of Transportation reports work crews will close US 51 at the Bearskin Trail Bridge for one night only, beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.

The highway is scheduled to reopen before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3. To ensure public safety, the trail over the new bridge will also be closed while crews are removing the old bridge. During the closure, through traffic will be detoured via US 8 and WIS 47.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. The closure is necessary for crews to remove the old Bearskin bridge.

DNR Seeks Input for New Bikeways

Sep 1, 2015

The DNR has scheduled a series of open forums to seek feedback about new proposed bike trails. The DNR is in collaboration with the DOT and the Wisconsin Bike Federation to identify the best routes suited for designation. The public contributed their thoughts earlier this year about where potential bike trails should be located. Now, DNR spokesperson Brigit Brown says it’s up to the public to have the final say.


Travelers with smartphones now have access to more information about the roadways.

The Department of Transportation's free smart phone app is available for Apple and Android devices says Gina Paige, a public information specialist for the DOT...

"...the 511 Mobile Wisconsin app is available for free download. It provides up-to-date traffic information at the tip of your fingertips. You have access to traffic incidents, delays, backups, closures workzones and weather-related road conditions..."


A person with first-hand knowledge of the dangers of texting and driving spoke to a filled auditorium at Rhinelander High school Thursday.

Reggie Shaw lives in Utah. He told students that not paying attention when he was driving led to a traffic crash that haunts him to this day...

"....when I was 19 years old I was texting and driving and I went across the center line and hit a car head on and I took two people's lives. It's a decision I regret every day...."

Shaw says he hopes people learn from him and not make the same mistake to text while driving.


The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.