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This story was first published April 1, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation in cooperation with Ayres Associates has moved public involvement efforts online for a Highway 65 project from the north junction of Jewell Street in the St. Croix County village of Star Prairie to U.S. 8 in the Polk County town of Balsam Lake.

The public is invited to go to the project website, review a presentation and handout and submit comments by email or mail to project staff.

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Highway 65 Star Prairie to Highway 8

Wisconsin Department of Transportation proposed to rebuild about 25 miles of Highway 65 from Star Prairie to above U.S. Highway 8. Google map


Provide comments by May 7, 2021, by:

  • Email:   

  • Mail: Wisconsin Department of Transportation
        W7102 Green Valley Road
        Spooner, WI 54801
        Attn. Beth Cunningham

The details

The proposed project aims to address deteriorating pavement conditions and improve safety by:

  • Rehabilitating a portion of Wisconsin Highway 65 by:

    • Milling off two inches of the existing pavement and overlaying the road with 3.75 inches of new asphalt.

    • Paving a minimum of two feet of the road shoulder.

    • Updating driveways to account for a 1.75-inch increase in the road profile.

  • Reconstructing a portion of 65 by:

    • Removing the existing pavement and base, placing six inches of asphalt pavement over 10 inches of base aggregate over 12 inches of subbase material.

    • Cutting the ditches where necessary to improve drainage.

    • Filling in the dip and cutting down the hill to make the profile flatter on a segment of highway just north of the St. Croix-Polk County line.

    • Cutting down hills and filling in sags and dips to smooth the road profile out on a segment north of 28th Avenue.

    • Combining multiple crests into one curve, eliminating the dip in the middle on a piece north of 31st Avenue.

The proposed improvements will have right-of-way and traffic impacts. New right of way will need to be acquired in the reconstruction and guardrail and culvert replacement areas. During that work, traffic will be detoured, tentatively using Wisconsin Highway 46.

Construction is scheduled for 2024, but the work could be advanced to 2023 if the funding becomes available.

For more information about the project, contact WisDOT project manager Beth Cunningham at 715-635-4973 or or visit the project website.

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