HUDSON -- The Highway 35 street project running through downtown will start the week of April 26.
The project will run the length of Second Street, starting at Front Street and extending to North End Road in the village of North Hudson.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the city of Hudson are working together on the project, with the DOT focused on the street reconstruction and the city taking the opportunity to update utilities.
“This project is kind of unique because there’s so many different pieces to it,” City Engineer Dean Chamberlain said.
Here’s what to know:
The work will cover several sections of Second Street in Hudson and Sixth Street in North Hudson, including:
Front Street to Coulee Road -- Partial pavement replacement and concrete joint repairs. Sanitary sewer replacement.
Coulee Intersection -- Traffic signal replacement to flashing yellow for north and southbound left turns. Lanes will be changed so the right turn lane stands alone, and the left lane is for straight or left-turning traffic.
Coulee to Vine Street -- Mill and overlay. Pedestrian curb ramps replaced to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Bump outs at Locust Street intersection to provide additional pedestrian safety.
North of Vine to Lake Mallalieu Bridge -- Complete street reconstruction, including underground utilities. Pavement, curbs, sidewalk.
Lake Mallalieu Bridge -- Resurfacing.
Lake Mallalieu Bridge to Sommers Street -- Concrete pavement reconstruction. Curb, gutter and storm sewer replacement. New curb ramps and driveway aprons. Waterline and sanitary sewer replacement.
Sommers Street to North End Road -- Resurfacing with addition of two-way left-turn lane. Curb and gutter replacement and road widening on east side of Wisconsin Highway 35.
A detour will be in place to reroute nonlocal traffic into Minnesota using Interstate 94, Highway 95 and Minnesota Highway 36/Wisconsin Highway 64.
Local traffic to and from North Hudson will be able to cross an unofficial detour from using Third Street and Division Street. There will be three separate one-week closures where work will be done in the intersection, Chamberlain said.
The project would extend into the fall, with an end date likely in November.
The contractor will likely be working in a number of different spots on the project at the same time, Chamberlain said.
While the downtown section of Second Street is under construction, street parking will not be available. That space will be used to allow two-way traffic to continue.
No parking will likely start the first week of May, Chamberlain said. It will be restored after the work is done, which is currently set for Aug. 1.
During Booster Days on the Fourth of July weekend, the city and WisDOT will work to restore parking.
Signage will be up downtown to point people to where they can park. Side street and lot parking will remain available.
Especially after COVID, Chamberlain said the city wants to make sure people are still able to find their way to businesses and business traffic isn’t impacted.
The update of the city’s utility pipes will be a big unseen benefit for residents. Many of the existing pipes are 130 years old, Chamberlain said. Updates will prevent water main breaks or sanitary sewer collapses in the future.
The repavement of Second Street will extend the life of the street.
North of Vine Street will be repaved with concrete, which holds up better over time, Chamberlain said. Less maintenance will be needed in the future.
“With construction, it’s hard to live through it, so to speak, but once it’s done generally it’s really beneficial for everybody who is in the area because now you’ve got a fresh new road, you’ve got better curb appeal, you’ve got something that’s going to last a long time,” he said.
The city will be providing weekly email updates on the project as it progresses. Those interested in being on the email list can contact Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.