EagleHerald editor

MARINETTE—A dangerous intersection just outside of Marinette will be under construction next week.

Gov. Tony Evers signed a $166,000 contract to improve safety at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Country Meadows Road near the Taco Bell/Shell Station. Construction is expected to begin Monday and the intersection will be restricted to right-in/right-out turning movements following construction.

This intersection has been the location of several accidents through the years, with some of them deadly. In 2010, a 40-year-old intoxicated Marinette man raced his pickup at the intersection and struck a Kia driven by a Green Bay man. The driver of the car and four of his daughters, two of whom were pregnant, all died in the crash. The driver of the truck was not injured and is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Peters Concrete Company of Green Bay is the prime contractor, according the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT).

The construction includes removing the median pavement crossing and left-turn lanes, installing storm sewer drains and concrete curb and gutter and a raised median, WDOT states. Pavement marking and permanent signing along U.S. 41 and Country Meadows will be updated.

Upgrades to the railroad crossing on Country Meadows Road will be completed by the railroad owner. The railroad project is scheduled to be completed during the state intersection improvement project, but may shift pending the railroad contractor’s schedule.

During construction, U.S. 41 will be reduced to one lane in each direction and the median closed, WDOT stated. Access to Country Meadows Road from U.S. 41 will be limited to right turns from U.S. 41. Access from Country Meadows Road to U.S. 41 will also be limited to right turns from Country Meadow Road.

The project will provide a safer intersection for the traveling public along U.S. 41 and those that use the Country Meadows intersection by eliminating the possibility of left-turn crashes, according to WDOT.

Each year in Wisconsin, both highway workers and motorists are killed and injured in crashes that happen in highway construction zones. Motorists should slow down, be patient and pay attention to their surroundings in this and all work zones.

For more information regarding work zone rules for motorists, the law restricting hand-held devices, and general work zone safety information, people may visit the work zone safety website at https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/workzone/.