Road work planned in Spooner

Road construction is planned on Hwy. 63 in Spooner.

To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Gov.  Evers signed a $4 million contract to improve Hwy. 63 between Shell Lake and Hwy. 53 in Shell Lake, Spooner, and the towns of Beaver Brook and Spooner, the state Department of Transportation said.

Work is scheduled to begin in early August.

Monarch Paving is the prime contractor for the project. Construction will begin at the intersection of Cty. Hwy. B in Shell Lake and continue north to Greenwood Avenue in Spooner. Construction also will occur north of the city of Spooner, starting at Poplar Avenue and continuing to the Hwy. 53 interchange.

Crews will perform the following work during the project:

> Asphalt pavement resurfacing.

> Widening Hwy. 53 from Durabilt Road to Veterans Memorial Park in the city of Spooner and installing a two-way left turn lane along the segment.

> Rehabilitating or replacing culverts and beam guard.

> Installing rumble strips on the shoulders and centerline in rural areas.

During construction, Hwy. 63 will be open to traffic. Drivers can expect daytime-only flagging operations, which will reduce traffic to a single lane through the active construction zones.

Construction is scheduled for completion by October, depending on favorable weather conditions and construction progress. The construction project does not include the reconstruction of Hwy. 63 through downtown Spooner, which currently is scheduled for 2021.

For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news, and improvement project updates in Wisconsin’s Northwest region:

> Twitter: @WisDOTnorthwest.

Motorists are reminded that using handheld cell phones in Wisconsin work zones is illegal. Alerts and updates provided via the sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, the focus always should be on driving.

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