Hwys. 60/61 open, Hwy. 35 remains closed
By Correne Martin
The historic heavy rains and flooding that washed out the region occurred more than three weeks ago, but the Crawford County Highway Department is still dealing with the aftermath.
Highway 35 north of Prairie du Chien could remain closed for another couple of weeks, according to Highway Commissioner Dennis Pelock.
“There is a significantly large rock hanging just above Picatee Creek Road that has the potential of falling,” Pelock said, adding that a crew is expected to come in within a week, blast that rock apart and remove it, eliminating the danger. “There is also a slide just above that under the southbound lane that needs to be fixed.”
As of press time Monday, Highway 60/61 near Boscobel was open to all traffic again.
“It’s cleaned back far enough that it should be safe until the next storm,” Pelock noted.
He said the county’s still waiting for official numbers on how much dirt, rock, trees and debris was removed from the site of that landslide, but he said plenty of it was used as fill in Marietta Township.
“Quite a bit went to County Trunk E, where there was a lower slope starting to give way, also because of the rains and flooding,” he said.
Old State Highway 61 in Bridgeport Township, which was previously reported as closed after the storms, is also open to traffic now, as are most of the county’s rural roads.