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US 61 - Fast facts
Lancaster, Grant County

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Map key - Thick orange line is the project overview/location. Blue tear drop with dot in center is the project limit.


US 61, Cherry St. to City Limits St., in Lancaster, Grant County.


WisDOT is in the process of developing final plans to improve US 61, beginning at Cherry St. and continuing north to City Limits St. in the city of Lancaster.

  • The project length is 0.90 miles.
  • The concrete and asphalt pavement, curb and gutter, and the existing sidewalk will be replaced.
  • The existing sidewalk will also be widened to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • The existing light poles from the south end of the project to County A will be replaced.
  • Different traffic flow configurations for the court house block are being evaluated.

  • Traffic Signal/Roundabout Analysis for the US 61/WIS 35 and the US 61/County A intersections will be conducted to determine the appropriate control for each intersection.
  • The horizontal and vertical alignments will be evaluated to determine if they meet current design standards with improvements being made as necessary.
  • Storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main replacement throughout the project will be made as necessary.
  • Parking on both sides of US 61 north of the County A intersection will be eliminated.
  • Parking alternatives will also be developed from the south end of the project to County A and around the courthouse square.

  • Bicycle accommodations will be evaluated for the three blocks from Cherry St. to County A.

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Current (this year)

  • Dec. 2014 - Completed 60 percent plan

Future (next year and beyond)

  • Spring 2015 - Design Study Report
  • Feb. 2016 - Completed 90 percent plan
  • May 2016 - Completed construction plan
  • Spring 2017 - Construction

Past (prior to today)

  • April 10, 2014 - Public Involvement Meeting #1
  • March 27, 2014 - Local officials meeting #1

Traffic impacts/Detours

  • US 61 traffic will be detoured during construction.
  • Potential detour routes may include WIS 129 for US 61 traffic and one of the local side streets for WIS 35 traffic.
  • Access to businesses and residences along the project route will be maintained except for limited periods of time during underground utility relocations, sidewalk replacements and driveway improvements.


Design work with construction anticipated Spring 2017.

Contact information

Craig Fisher, P.E., Project Manager
(608) 785-9946

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

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WisDOT Southwest Region Office-Madison, swr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: June 23, 2014

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