WIS-Hwy 23 Reconstruction Project Update

Construction Update
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
North Central Region Office 510 Hanson Lake Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 421-8301 www.wisconsindot.gov

Release date: August 5, 2019
For more information, contact:
Tegan Griffith, Region Communication Manager
Tegan.Griffith@dot.wi.gov, (715) 493-3710

WIS 23 reconstruction project update

We have progressed into the 5th and final stage of roadway for the reconstruction project. With having multiple crews on the site now we are closing the gap to being back onto schedule, weather permitting, to hit the November 15th completion date.

As the crews move forward the tentative plan is to get the temporary driving lane that was built in phase 5 paved early this week and fine tune things in that phase to get traffic flow ready for the work in phase 5.

To keep the project moving forward removals in Phase 5 and utilities in phase 5 may start sooner on the north side of the roadway but traffic flow will stay the same as it is now until the contractor can open the road to traffic in Phase 3 and 4. At that time the crews will switch to the south side of the road in phase 5.

There are a lot of things going on in a very small area and short time frame. There will be just as many crew members and equipment if not more in the area, so with school starting and everyone’s busy lives PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME AND BE CAUTIOUS!

For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project
updates in Wisconsin’s North Central region:
• Follow us on Twitter: @WisDOTnorthcent
• Visit the region’s 511 website: http://projects.511wi.gov/region/north-central/
• Visit the WIS 23 Reconstruction website: https://projects.511wi.gov/wis23recon/

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Wipes & Personal Hygiene Products Clog Sewer Lines!

Many household products are labeled and marketed as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE; many baby and adult personal hygiene products, along with household wipes and cleaning towelletes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of items have the ability to clog and stop up not only the sewer line on your property, but also can cause blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and pump stations.

Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on‐site sewer, especially older pipelines that may have greases, roots, or other obstructions already existing. A repair of the on‐site sewer line can leave the home owner or business owner with a very costly sewer repair.

On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the main collector lines and get tangled in pump stations requiring repair or replacement of equipment.

What We All Can Do To Help…

The following items should NEVER be flushed into the sewer system:

Disinfecting/surface wipes Mop or “Swiffer” type refills
Baby wipes Paper towels
Jewelry wipes Pet care wipes
Cosmetic wipes First Aid wipes
Disposable diapers or diaper liners Bio-pads (nursing home, home health care, etc.)
Cotton swabs Feminine hygiene products
Toilet cleaning pads ANY Moist type towelettes

Every home and business has a sewer connection to the public sewer system. This connection runs from the home or business to the sewer main where it is connected to the public sewer system. This on‐site sewer line is the responsibility of the home or business owner to keep clear so there are no back‐ups of wastewater into the home or business. Save yourself and your Sewer Utility from costly repairs and/or replacement bills. Do not flush the listed items; place them in the trash, not the toilet.