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WisDOT seeking public input on WIS 85 improvement project

Dunn County work to include resurfacing roadway, installing centerline and shoulder rumble strips, replacing a drainage structure, extending a box culvert, removing guardrail


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking public input on a proposed pavement improvement project on WIS 85 from just west of County O west of Rock Falls to 2,100 feet west of 1010th Street in Dunn County.


Visit the project website to view a presentation and handout. Comments are being accepted through Friday, March 29, by:



  • Mail: Wisconsin Department of Transportation 718 W. Clairemont Ave. Eau Claire, WI 54801 Attn: Nick Pitsch

The pavement, culverts and guardrail on this segment of WIS 85 are showing signs of deterioration. In addition, this stretch has a history of run-off-the-road crashes. To address these, WisDOT is proposing to:


  • Remove a portion of the existing pavement from just west of the north junction of County O to the south junction of County H and place new pavement.

  • Remove and recycle a portion of the existing pavement from the south junction of County H to approximately 2,100 feet west of 1010th Street and overlay the roadway with new pavement.

  • Widen the paved shoulders from three to five feet.

  • Install centerline and shoulder rumble strips from the south junction of County H to about 2,100 feet west of 1010th Street.

  • Replace a drainage structure under WIS 85 east of County H with a dual box culvert.

  • Extend a box ​culvert ​south of County H.

  • Replace a cattle pass that is no longer used with a culvert pipe.

  • Remove guardrail.

  • Improve the Chippewa River State Trail crossing to meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards.

During construction, WIS 85 will be closed, with through traffic will be detoured via US 10 and WIS 37. However:


  • Access to properties in the work zone will be maintained, but temporary driveway closures will be necessary. Property owners will be contacted in advance of such a closing.

  • The Chippewa River State Trail will remain open.

Construction currently is scheduled for 2026.


WI DOT media release.

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