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WIS 16 - Fast facts
Onalaska-West Salem, La Crosse County

View SW, WIS 16 Project in a larger map.
Map key - Thick orange line is the project overview/location. Blue tear drop with dot in center is the project limit.


WIS 16, Landfill Rd. (Onalaska) to La Crosse River Bridge (West Salem), in La Crosse County.


WisDOT is in the final process of completing plans to improve this three mile section of WIS 16. This project will:

  • Completely reconstruct the highway; new concrete pavement, improved intersections, new pavement marking and signing.
  • The configuration of the highway will change from undivided two lanes to a divided four lane facility.
  • All side road intersection will have left and right turn lanes to remove all turning from the driving lanes.
  • A multi-use path will be constructed on the south side of the highway.
  • Extensive excavation and grading will occur along the corridor to widen the highway, most notably at Nathan Hill.
  • Project overview


The project is scheduled for construction in 2016 based on existing funding conditions.

  • The project will be let for construction bids in February 2016.
  • Construction timeframe is likely April to November 2016.

Traffic impacts/Detours

  • Except for a three month closure of WIS 16 at Nathan Hill, the project will be constructed under traffic in stages.
    • During those three months, WIS 16 will be closed from Maple Lane to Moos Road to complete the extensive excavation and grading at Nathan Hill.
  • Cross section - rock cut at Nathan Hill and the necessity for the road closure.
  • The detour during the closure will be County M to County C to I-90.



Contact information

Contact Information
Todd Waldo, WisDOT Project Manager
(608) 785-9462

Michael Bie, WisDOT Southwest Region Communications Manager
(608) 246-7928

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Southwest Region, La Crosse Office
3550 Mormon Coulee Rd.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 785-9022 or (888) 368-5463 (toll free)
Fax: (608) 785-9969
TTY: 711
Email: swr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov

SSI - Project contacts Questions about the content of this page:
WisDOT Southwest Region Office-Madison, swr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: March 19, 2015

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