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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is holding a construction information meeting later this month to discuss work on busy US 45 in Eagle River , known as the Pine Street project.

DOT Project Manager Jesse Jefferson says the meeting is about communication..

"The goal of the meeting is to introduce the local property owners and businesses along the corridor, along with any other residents an opportunity to meet the project team and discuss the construction time lines and the impacts of the project..."

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Northwoods travelers will see relatively few construction projects this holiday weekend.

The DOT's Regional Communications spokesperson Tegan Griffith says heaviest travel times are expected to be between noon and 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.

She says two major projects in Oneida county are about it in the Northwoods, with one project on Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae and the building of a roundabout on Rhinelander's west side...

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Construction at a key Rhinelander intersection begins next month as the Department of Transportation gets ready to put in Rhinelander's first roundabout.

The single-lane roundabout is replacing the standard lighted intersection at U.S. 8 and State 47 on the city's west side.

DOT project manager Dan Erva says Musson Brothers has the project and is planning to start construction on June 10...

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Rules allowing for heavier trucks to travel Wisconsin roads have taken effect. A Wisconsin DOT spokesperson, David Hunt, talks about the Frozen Road Law...

"...The frozen road law goes into effect Wednesday, December 12 at 12:01 a.m. in the region designated as zone 1, which is U.S. 8 north. There's a good portion of Oneida county up in your area and basically if you look at the top half of the state, that is where it's going to be...."

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The state Department of Transportation is constructing a roundabout next year at the main intersection on Rhinelander's west side where highways 47 and 8 merge.

City of Rhinelander officials are working to adjust traffic speeds coming into the city on Business Highway 8 or Kemp St. The city council this week found out the city already has the power to adjust the speed limit.

Currently the speed is set at 45, reducing to 25 just before the Davenport Street bridge. Speeds often are above those posted limits.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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

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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.

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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..."

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