10/24/2011 - Update on Highway 64 bypass project as work nears an end
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Work on the Highway 64 bypass project in and around Antigo will be one step closer to completion this week.
Two weeks ago the bypass, which makes it way northwest of the city, opened up to traffic for the first time as work got underway on the intersection between the old highway and the bypass in the Town of Ackley. This allowed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to move the Highway 64 designation onto the new bypass and close off the old highway from the bypass intersection to Western Avenue.
Sometime in the next few days that intersection will be complete and that section of the old highway, now known as Fifth Avenue, will be open to traffic.
The new bypass will still have construction being done on it, mostly focused on shoulder work, painting of traffic lines and putting up the proper signage. This will keep the speed limit of the new bypass down to 30 miles-per-hour, with a speed limit of 25 miles-per-hour on the portion formerly known as Century Avenue.
The DOT estimates the bypass to be fully completed sometime in early November.
by Rusty Mehlberg
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