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Portions of Highway 42 reopen this weekend

You will have full access of State Highway 42 through Kewaunee County by this weekend.


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that the two projects on the highway have been completed.


The first portion of the Highway 42 project started June 1st to reconstruct the nearly 10 miles south of the City of Kewaunee to the Kewaunee County/Manitowoc County Line. The project has had flagging operations in place since they were able to reopen the roadway to traffic on September 28th after being completely closed for nearly three months. Another project that began in late August covered the stretch of Highway 42 from Duvall Street in Kewaunee to the Door County/Kewaunee County line except for the portion in the City of Algoma. Flagging operations were put in place to resurface the highway, add rumble strips, and improve the roadway’s shoulders.


The state spent approximately $8.8 million on the two projects. 



Press Release below:

(Kewaunee) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announces completion of all major construction on two WIS 42 improvement projects in Kewaunee County. One project took place on WIS 42 north of the city of Kewaunee and the another project took place south of the city of Kewaunee.


Construction on a $5.1 million contract to improve 9.9 miles of WIS 42 from the south Kewaunee/Manitowoc County line to Baumeister Drive in the city of Kewaunee began June 1, 2021 and finishes on time. Work included resurfacing of the existing pavement, replacing two deteriorating box culvert (one near Lakeview Drive and another near County J) under the roadway, replacement/repair of various culvert pipes, widening of paved shoulders, rumble strip installation, and upgrades to guard rail, pavement parking and storm sewer.


Construction on a $3.7 million contract to improve 14 miles of WIS 42 from Duvall Street in the city of Kewaunee to the North Kewaunee/Door County Line began August 23, 2021 and finishes on time and on budget. Work included resurfacing of the existing lanes and shoulders, widening of paved shoulders, rumble strip installation, upgrades to guard rail and pavement marking.


Both projects provide a smoother driving surface for motorists and extend the life of the existing pavement. Upgrades to guard rail and the addition of centerline and edge line rumble strips enhance safety. Culvert repair/replacement provide longer lasting structures to provide adequate drainage.


Northeast Asphalt, Inc. from Greenville, Wis. was the Prime Contractor for both projects.

For more information on the WIS 42 projects, please see the 511 Wisconsin construction project website at

For construction progress on all active Northeast Wisconsin highway improvements, please see the Northeast Region Weekly Highway Construction Update at

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