County SS, 83rd Street to County Q

Chippewa County

PROJECT PROFILE

Revitalizing Rural Transportation

Originally once US Highway 53, this narrow roadway was experiencing severe pavement deterioration. The County SS rehabilitation improved the transportation infrastructure of the major collector connecting the City of Bloomer and the Village of New Auburn.
The Opportunity

The County SS project provided various pavement improvement solutions, such as resurfacing, full-depth pavement replacement, and reconstruction, to address significant pavement deterioration caused by heavy truck traffic. There also was the replacement of two single-span bridges, culvert drainage pipes, and beam guard systems, enhancing the structural integrity and safety of the highway

Newly paved roadway with guardrail on sides
The Outcome

The project’s pavement improvements resulted in smoother driving conditions, extending the road’s lifespan and reducing maintenance costs. The close coordination between Chippewa County, WisDOT, and JT resulted in effective project management, ensuring the successful execution of the highway rehabilitation project.

The roadway pavement was widened to provide safer passage to travelers, and associated culverts were replaced to continue proper drainage. The roadway was repaved using various methods due to its previously existing mismatched pavement section. Replacing signage and new pavement markings were added to guide drivers along the roadway, and new beam guard was designed using alternative grading methods to minimize wetland impacts.

The two obsolete single-span bridges were replaced to meet current design standards and match the new paved roadway width. Both bridges’ profiles and approaches were raised to provide better support and drainage for waterways tributary to Duncan Creek.

Concrete bridge crossing creek
Clever Construction techniques
In-Water Bridge Work

Non-standard construction methods were used for the northern County SS bridge due to the Union Pacific Railroad having a structure that affected the flow of the waterway. Cofferdams and temporary drainage channels were used so proper falsework could be installed to construct this new bridge.

Clever Construction techniques
In-Water Bridge Work

Non-standard construction methods were used for the northern County SS bridge due to the Union Pacific Railroad having a structure that affected the flow of the waterway. Cofferdams and temporary drainage channels were used so proper falsework could be installed to construct this new bridge.

Concrete bridge crossing creek
Collaborative Achievement
Multi-Party Efforts

Close coordination with WisDOT and Chippewa County was essential for this project’s success and allowed seamless execution and compliance with regulatory requirements and eligibility of this federally aid-funded project.

Two culvert pipes collecting water