Construction set to begin Monday to improve intersection and lanes in Outagamie County

APPLETON, Wis. - Governor Walker has approved a $3 million project to improve the WIS 47 (Richmond Street) and County OO (Northland Avenue) intersection in the City of Appleton.

The project will begin Monday, June 19th and is expected to finish by September 1st, 2017.

Improvements include reconstructing the intersection of WIS 47 and County OO to a multi-lane roundabout, adding separate, right-turn lanes on Mason Street at the County OO intersection, repaving County OO and Traffic signal upgrades will be made at the County OO intersections with Mason Street, West Service Road and Bennett Street.

The 75 day closure will impact traffic. Drivers are asked to follow signed detour routes during the construction project.

If you're wanting to take WIS 47, instead drivers will need to take WIS 96 to Ballard Road(County E) to I-41. 

The detour for County OO will be I-41 to Ballard Road(County E) to I-41. Traffic will also be reduced to a single lane at the Mason Street intersection for 40 days.

The WIS 47/County OO intersection has a high, injury crash rate and heavy traffic concerns. The City of Appleton identified the intersection as one of the most dangerous intersections in the City, according to Department of Transportation.

The multi-lane roundabout is designed to improve both traffic flow and safety by replacing closely spaced traffic signals. The project will also improve safety with upgraded signals at Mason Street, Bennett Street and West Service Road.

Vinton Construction Company of Manitowoc is the prime contractor.

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