Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Update - STH 26 Bypass

Below is an update on the State Highway 26 Bypass Project from the project team.  Click here to access a pdf version of the update.

Good afternoon,

As you can all see, McCormick Drive and the new State Highway 26 southbound lanes at McCormick Drive are nearing completion. The extremely dry weather has not been accommodating for the final restoration and the planting of new grass, but it has accelerated the progress of the roadway construction. The hard work of the crews during these hot days has allowed us to open McCormick Drive and the new State Highway 26 southbound lanes early next week. The current temporary barrier wall that prevents a left turn onto McCormick from the northbound 26 lanes will remain in place until the completion of the new median and left turn lanes at McCormick. Tomorrow morning, traffic will be switched from the western temporary lanes on County Highway Y to the new eastern half. This switch will greatly improve the turning movements to and from McCormick onto County Highway Y.

Progress also continues to the north. Like the Harmony Town Hall Bridge, the Wright Road Bridge is now ready for the new beams to be placed over State Highway 26. The Wright Road beams will be placed tomorrow and Thursday night. State Highway 26 will be closed to traffic seven times for up to 15 minutes per stoppage. These stoppages will occur between 7 PM and 6 AM. The stoppage is to safely place the 91 foot beams over State Highway 26 without harm to traffic beneath. We apologize for the inconvenience, but safety of the crews and the traveling public comes first.

While traveling north on County Highway Y, you will also notice that crews have completed the connection of the Wright Road intersection at County Highway Y. As the traffic flows are switched to the new roadways, please drive slowly and cautiously. Thank you all for your patience during the renovation of State Highway 26 between Janesville and Milton. If you have any questions or need any clarifications, please feel free to contact the State Highway 26 project staff at our project field office.

(608)754-8217 - STH 26 Field Office, 4342 Milton Avenue, Janesville, WI 53546


Lance Wagner - Project Manager