DOT looks to upgrade dangerous intersection

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TOWN OF WHEATON, Wis. (WEAU)-- A Dangerous intersection will see upgrades as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation looks to improve safety. Tuesday, the DOT held an open house to share plans for intersection upgrades to Highway 29 and 40th Street in the Town of Wheaton.

“This intersection became a hot spot known to our traffic section to have a higher number of accidents with higher severity,” project manager Tara Weiss explained.

The DOT says 8 crashes happened at the intersection between 2010 and 2014. Of the crashes, four caused significant injuries to drivers or passengers. Weiss believes the higher number of crashes could be linked to a number of factors.

“It’s near a vertical and horizontal curve so that may affect how drivers visually see in order to make the turn on to Highway 29,” she explained.

As part of a public meeting Tuesday night, the DOT unveiled a new design for the intersection. Preliminary designs would reconfigure the intersection so drivers would be restricted from crossing Highway 29 at 40th Street and making left turns on to Highway 29 from 40th Street. Instead, drivers will be directed to other intersections that the DOT has deemed safer to cross. Drivers will still be able to turn off of Highway 29 on to 40th Street as part of the changes.

The DOT says the project is estimated to cost $300,000- $500,000 and will be paid for through highway safety funds. Construction is expected to begin next fall after Labor Day and be completed in 6-8 weeks.



 
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