A plan that would install J-turns at the crash-plagued intersection of State Hwy 57 and County Hwy C in the Town of Brussels has received the endorsement of a key committee and now heads to the Door County Board.
The Door County Highway Committee unanimously approved of the plan Monday, four days after the Highway Safety Commission came to the same conclusion.
John Neinas, who chairs both committees, says J-turns are relatively new in Wisconsin; he says one recently constructed in Douglas County has been working well.
Under the proposed configuration, motorists traveling on Hwy 57 would still be able to turn left, turn right or go straight. But vehicles on Hwy C would not be able to make a left turn onto Hwy 57 or cross both lanes of traffic. Instead a J-turn would be required -- making a right turn onto Hwy 57, traveling for a stretch, then making a U-turn to proceed in the opposite direction.
(Click here to view a video from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation explaining how J-Turns work.)
Neinas says the cost and timetable for the proposed project would depend in part on whether state funds or federal funds are used. He says they'd also like to explore an option that would allow emergency vehicles to still be able to go straight through the intersection.
The Door County Board meets twice this month, April 16 and April 30. Neinas says they're hoping to have the J-turn discussion put on the agenda for the April 16 meeting.