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Improvements still coming despite roundabout grant approval

A new roundabout in Door County could be constructed by the end of the decade, but Highway Commissioner Thad Ash wants you to stay safe now. Last month, Ash told the Highway and Facilities Committee that the state had received approval for a grant paving the way for the roundabout to be potentially built at the intersection of Gordon Road and State Highway 42/57 in 2028, with a possibility it could be moved up to 2027. That has not stopped the Door County Highway Department from trying to find solutions to accidents happening now at the beleaguered intersection, which have totaled 25 since 2015. Supervisor Hugh Zettel challenged the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s belief that the accidents are caused by "80 percent locals" in correspondence written to Highway Committee Chairperson Roy Englebert. Ash says any work done now would likely be torn up when the construction of the roundabout begins in three to four years, but it is worth the investment.

The Door County Finance Committee approved the transfer of an additional $152,000 to make some of the proposed changes to the intersection and to nearby Old Highway Road, which has taken on additional traffic in recent months. The county board previously agreed to transfer $100,000 to improve the intersection at Gordon Road and State Highway 42/57. The Door County Board of Supervisors will meet next Tuesday at 9 a.m. to decide if it will approve the rest of the money needed to fund the project. 

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