Just after summer visitors have returned to their homes following Labor Day Weekend, construction workers will move into position to complete Phase 2 of the Highway 27 construction project in Hayward beginning Sept. 3 and ending Nov. 1.
After Labor Day the project will focus on the area between the Namekagon River bridge and Michigan Avenue near the Highway B intersection. The intersection there will be rebuilt with new signals and new storm sewer and pavement.
A new traffic signal also will be installed at Railroad Street, with most of that work completed in Phase 1. When new traffic signals are installed at all three locations, the lights will be synchronized to move traffic more efficiently to and from Highway 63, Railroad Street and Highway B.
Construction will impact motorists as follows:
• Truck traffic on Highway B will be detoured via Highways 27, Highway 77 and Highway K. The detour is necessary because of the tight restrictions of space in the work zone.
• Automobile traffic on Highway 27 will be limited to one lane in each direction.
• Temporary traffic signals will be working at the Highway B intersection until permanent signals for all three intersections are synchronized.
The first phase of work on Highway 27, from West Carol Drive to Highway 63, began March 15 and ended June 27. It included:
• Converting the previous four-lane section between the bridge and Highway 63 to five lanes with a center two-way left turn middle lane. Curb and gutter were replaced.
• Adding a center island south of Railroad Street to restrict access to Marketplace Foods and Walgreens to right turns only.
• Milling the bridge's existing concrete layer and overlaying it with new concrete.
• Converting the previous four-lane roadway from West Carol Drive to Michigan Avenue to three-lanes, with a middle two-way left turn lane. Much of the curb and gutter on the north side of this section also was replaced.