Waupaca County and the town of Lind plan to exchange jurisdiction over two roads next summer.
Currently, Lind is responsible for maintaining Spencer Lake Road, and the county is responsible for County Road EE.
Under a proposal to be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Lind Town Hall, the town would take over a 2.96-mile segment of County EE that runs in a north/south diagonal from County Road A, north of Crystal Road, to the intersection at Lind Center Road, Spencer Lake Road and Wests Road.
County EE then continues east to County Road X in the town of Weyauwega.
Waupaca County plans to take jurisdiction of a 2.18-mile stretch of Spencer Lake Road that runs from the intersection with County EE west to County Road E.
Waupaca County Highway Commissioner Dean Steingraber points to a map of the county road system. He notes that there are two major county trunk highways running north and south through Lind, but no county roads running east and west.
“This will allow the county to move truck traffic from the east side to the west side of the township,” Steingraber said. “County EE will become a straight east/west road. It will connect County E and County A.”
Steingraber said the change will encourage trucks and heavy equipment to use a county highway rather than a township road.
He said trucks have been using Bags Hill Road as an east/west corridor. The transfer should result in more of them using what is now Spencer lake Road.
“Spencer Lake Road already has more traffic than County EE,” Steingraber said.
Traffic counts indicate that 575 vehicles travel on Spencer Lake Road daily, while 345 vehicles travel on the north/south segment of County EE.
Steingraber also noted that there are more homes located on County EE. He said there are 22 fire numbers registered on County EE, while there are only five fire numbers on Spencer Lake Road.
Once the road transfer is completed, the Spencer Lake Road between County A and County E will become County EE and the current segment of County EE being transferred to the town will become Lind Center Road.
“We’re looking at the actual change in names and signs to happen after the school year is over,” Steingraber said. “We’ll be working with the post office to make the changes in street addresses.”