Safety Improvements to State Highway 97 Scheduled to Begin This Summer

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MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – WIS State 97 (Marshfield to Stratford) will be undergoing construction and safety improvements this summer. The project is currently scheduled to begin in mid-to-late July with completion in October 2022.

As part of the project, State 97 will be resurfaced with new asphalt and the highway shoulders will be expanded. The bridge going over Little Eau Pleine River near Marathon County T will receive a deck overlay.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), there were 13 crashes at the WIS 97 and County AAA/Galvin Road intersection in Marathon County, for the years 2016 through 2021 (six years).

These 13 crashes included:

  • Ten rear-end crashes, resulting in six injury crashes and four property damage crashes.
  • One crash was a southwest bound vehicle, turning left, that ran off the road, resulting in a property damage crash.
  • One crash was a sideswipe of two opposing left-turning vehicles, resulting in a property damage crash.
  • One crash was a southbound vehicle that failed to yield to a northeast bound vehicle, resulting in an injury crash.

These crashes are consistent with the crash patterns found during the review of previous years’ crash data (2012-2015).

This summer, WisDOT will widen the WIS 97 and County AAA/Galvin Road intersection to add median left turn lanes and right turn lanes to address the observed crash patterns.

The intersections of State 97 and Marathon County AAA, State 97 and Staadt Avenue and State 97 and Marathon County C East will be updated in an effort to reduce car crashes, according to Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT).

State 97 will remain open during construction. The Little Eau Pleine River bridge will use a temporary signal and access to Marathon County AAA, Staadt Avenue and Marathon County C via State 97 may close for up to five days.

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