Motorists will see road work throughout Waupaca County this summer.
The Waupaca County Highway Department is nearing the end of a five-year plan.
There are major county road projects in Farmington, Lind, Weyauwega, Matteson and New London. Some of the projects will require motorists to detour around the construction sites.
Initial work on a project to rebuild and partially relocate County Trunk Q between State Highway 54 and Round Lake Road in Farmington will begin after Labor Day this year.
“It’s very difficult to do road work in the Chain during the summer tourist season,” Waupaca County Highway Commissioner Dean Steingraber said.
The county plans to start the project by doing grade work on County Q between Round Lake Road and Arrowhead Road after Labor Day.
That one-half-mile section of County Q will remain gravel throughout the winter. The road will be closed to through traffic from State 54 to Round Lake Road.
Local residents will still have access to their homes, but visitors will need to detour on County QQ to to go to the businesses on the Chain.
In 2016, county crews will relocate the curve at County Q and Golke Road. A new intersection will be built at Golke and County Q, eliminating the triangle that is there now.
The county plans to reclaim the pavement and repave County Q north of Arrowhead Drive to State 54.
The goal is to have County Q re-opened to traffic by Memorial Day 2016.
This summer’s first project will be County Trunk E in the town of Lind.
Crews will be widening and repaving County E from the Waushara County line at Twin Lake Road north to High Point Ridge nearly six miles to High Point Ridge.
“Because the project has state and federal funding, we will not be doing all the work ourselves,” according to Lisa Coombs, an engineering specialist with the Waupaca County Highway Department. “Our responsibilities include replacing the cross-culverts, widening the intersections to accommodate curb and gutter and to widen the roadway and improve slopes to meet current standards.”
Coombs said the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hire a contractor to install curb and gutter, reclaim the pavement and pave the roadway.
In Weyawega, County Trunk F will be repaved from Lincoln Street to Gills Landing.
The 2.15-mile project also includes widening the road to allow for pedestrians and bicycles.
County D (North Sahwano Street), from Northridge Drive to U.S. Highway 45 on the north side of New London, will be reclaimed and repaved.
The four-lane project is 1.23 miles, and state and federal funds will help pay for the work on County D between Spurr Road and U.S. 45.
Between Northridge Drive and Spurr Road, the county will remove the blacktop, break up the concrete and place 5.5 inches of pavement.
North of Spurr Road, the asphalt will be milled off and the roadway repaved.
Both sections will be shouldered and striped.
Work will start after July 4, after a state bridge project is completed on U.S. 45.
County D will be closed for about one month, but there will be access for residents and businesses in the area.
Two curved intersections on County Trunk I, at County Y and at Paape Road, in the town of Matteson, are slated for reconstruction in the fall of 2015, depending on weather and the county’s work schedule.
The project will replace the y-shaped intersections with safer angles and rebuild the portion of County I between them.
This section of County I will be closed for about two months.