Public hearing on proposed 2017 Marquette Road improvements is March 4

The Prairie du Chien Common Council will hold a public hearing at its Tuesday, March 4 meeting to hear from residents on the proposed improvement plans for Marquette Road, scheduled for 2017. The section of road that is scheduled to be reconstructed is bordered by La Pointe Street on the south and Mooney Street on the north. Representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will be present.

Preliminary plans for the project are online at www.prairieduchien.info/marquetteroad.html. This site also includes information on the improvements scheduled for this year to Marquette Road from Mooney Street to Washington Street. The third phase of the project, from Washington Street north to the City limits, is targeted for later this decade or the first part of the 2020s.

The preliminary plans for the 2017 project include the following:

•A 3-lane road, with a left-turn lane in the middle.  The original plans, developed in 2007, called for a five-lane roadway, but the DOT now recommends a three-lane roadway to provide the needed capacity and improve motor vehicle safety.

•The closure of the 11th Street-Marquette Road intersection on the east side of Marquette Road and making 11th Street a cul-de-sac.

•Medians at the Parrish Street intersection to assist with pedestrian safety.

•Construction of a 10-foot wide multi-use path (bicycles or pedestrians) on west side of the road.

•Construction of sidewalks on the east side of the road.

•Realignment of the intersection of East Prairie Street and Marquette Road.

•Realignment to the intersection of Lockwood Street, South 11th Street and Marquette Road.

•Installing a flashing pedestrian light at the intersection of Parrish Street and Marquette Road for improved pedestrian safety.  Pedestrian islands will also be placed in the intersection for safety.

•Following the project, Parrish will be right turn ONLY from the west.  Traffic from the east on Parrish Street may turn right or left or go straight.

The project is currently expected to cost, in today’s construction dollars, $10.645 million, of which $1.232 million will be the responsibility of the city of Prairie du Chien.

The council meeting on March 4 will begin at 7 p.m. If you are unable to attend and would like to comment or would like more information, contact City Administrator Aaron Kramer at 326-6406 or pdcadministrator@mhtc.net.

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