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Repairs Underway for Northern Wisconsin Roads Impacted by Flooding

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 26, 2018 06:32 PM

Repair efforts are now underway in parts of Northern Wisconsin devastated by recent flooding.

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"This is pretty devastating," said Arne Gadda, a Saginaw, Minnesota resident describing the recent impact the flood left on US Highway 2 at North Fish Creek in Bayfield County.

Gadda drives the road when he travels to Ashland, but there is something else he is worried about.

"Besides taking the road out they ruined one of my best fishing holes right here," said Gadda.

Monday a $2.2 million project began to replace the washed out culvert with a bridge.

WISDOT says the project is expected to be complete by August 31, but until then drivers are asked to use County G for a detour.

Crews are also working on a $170,000 one week project to replace two culvert pipes on US 53 near Solon Springs.

Drivers can expect single lane, two-way traffic on the northbound lanes of the highway.

There is also another one week project on WIS 35 from County BB to County T. This is a $950,000 project to repair the pavement and shoulders along the highway, and replace concrete slabs that lead to the bridge. Drivers will need to use WIS 77, US 53, and WIS 35.

During the projects, safety remains the top priority.

"The first thing is is follow the signs. If we have the roads barricaded off, don't go around the barricades. It's a safety issue, it's not trying to make it inconvenient. We put them up there just because we don't want to have issues with people driving through and getting hurt," said WISDOT Project Development Supervisor William Kurtz.

US 63 in Wisconsin also opened up over the weekend. 

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