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US 53 Corridor Preservation Study
Sarona Area
Washburn County

View NW, US 53 Corridor Preservation Study - Sarona Area project location.
Map key - Thick orange line is the project overview/location. Blue tear drop with dot in center is the project limit.
Project segment - purple line on map above

A public involvement meeting will be held May 27, 5-7 p.m. at Spooner Agricultural Research Station - W6646 Hwy 70, Spooner, WI 54801. The meeting will discuss the area between the Washburn/Barron County Line and WIS 70 in Washburn County. Communities in the study area include Beaver Brook, Long Lake, Madge, and Sarona.

Project location

US 53, Haugen to WIS 70, in city of Sarona, in Washburn County.

Project overview

While this segment of US 53 is operating within its designed capacity limits, increasing traffic and development are creating operational and safety issues on the corridor. Most of the problem areas are located at higher volume intersections with stop signs.

One solution is to eliminate and selectively replace the at-grade intersections with one strategically located grade separated intersections.

It may also include improvements such as the construction of over/under passes and cul-de-sacs and developing a local transportation network to safely balance the access and mobility needs of the area.

A completed Corridor Preservation study will provide a blue-print so local development can be planned and implemented in harmony with the operational demands of the highway.

The study may officially map and preserve the future right of way footprint necessary to construct the improvements that would be needed at select locations.


Study anticipated to begin in August 2014.

SSI - Project contacts Questions about the content of this page:
WisDOT Northwest Region Office, nwr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: May 20, 2015

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