Wisconsin DOT urges drivers to slow down near dip on U.S. 53 south

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says a dip in the southbound lanes of the U.S. 53 Bypass is frustrating drivers, as well as its staff.

The dip is in a 65-mph zone near the North Crossing exit on the freeway. The department says it has formed every year during the winter months for several years, but is as bad as ever this season. The dip typically disappears after winter ends. The department believes that will happen again this spring. It says it can't get asphalt to fill the dip during winter. It has talked about putting a gravel substance in it, but has concerns about that gravel kicking up and damaging car windshields. Right now, the department is relying on signs to warn drivers about the dip. It's urging drivers to slow down and be patient.

The department doesn't know the cause of the dip. This summer, crews plan to take soil samples and check for other possible causes, like a utility trench that settles in the area. The department won't know the best way to fix the problem and what that may cost until it takes a closer look at it.