Hwy 16 tree removal first step in future construction project

The highway project will reconstruct three miles of Highway 16

Tree removal along Highway 16 between Onalaska and West Salem marks the first step in a planned construction project by the Wisconsin DOT.

The tree removal is scheduled to begin next Monday on March 7th.

The highway will remain open to traffic with short-term lanes closures occurring under flag operations. Work will occur weekdays during daytime hours and is expected to take up to four weeks.

The work is in advance of the highway reconstruction project scheduled to begin in April.

The highway project will reconstruct three miles of Highway 16 into a four-lane divided facility, including the addition of turn lanes and intersection upgrades. A multi-use path will be constructed on the south side of the highway.

The project is scheduled for completion in November.

Highway 16 is expected to be closed at Nathan Hill for three months starting mid-April to early May, weather dependent. The signed detour will utilize County M, County C, and I-90.