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Door County Highway Committee Will Review J-Turns Monday

On Monday the Door County Highway Committee will review a recommendation from the Highway Safety Committee to install a "J-turn" at the intersection of Wisconsin 57 and County C in the town of Brussels.

According to the Door County Sheriff's Department, more than 20 crashes have occurred at that intersection since highway 57 became four lanes wide in 2008.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Safety Engineer Scott Nelson visited with the Highway Safety Committee Thursday morning and Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says after Nelson’s presentation the committee felt that the best way to improve the safety of the intersection would be to request the DOT convert it into a J-turn.

Kolodziej says the biggest inconvenience would be the added time it would take drivers trying to cross or turn left onto 57 to take a right turn, merge left and then complete a U-turn in order to continue on their routes.

If the County Highway Committee accepts the recommendation from its subcommittee Monday, the matter would be discussed at a County Board meeting as well before it goes to the DOT. If the motion makes it that far, the DOT estimates at least two years to complete the project.

Monday's meeting is at 10 a.m. in the conference room at the Highway Department headquarters, 1001 S. Duluth Ave in Sturgeon Bay.

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