County urges state to address dangerous intersection

Resolution calls for interchange at Hwy. 29, County U
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Shawano County supervisors will take up an advisory resolution Wednesday asking the state to take action to address the county’s most dangerous intersection.

According to county statistics, there have been 15 crashes at the intersection of state Highway 29 and County Road U from 2013 to 2017, with nine of those crashes involving fatalities or injuries.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is in the early stages of looking into ways to improve safety at the intersection.

Some steps have already been taken, including rumble pads, stop signs with metal orange flags, LED flashing stop signs on County Road U, and double-marked intersection warning signs with 55 mph advisory speeds on the westbound highway approach to the intersection.

A March 2018 safety study showed a need for further improvements.

According to the resolution, four improvement alternatives were identified, including a J-turn, median U-turn, lowering the hill to the east of the intersection to increase sight distance, or an interchange.

The county’s highway safety committee at its October meeting voted to bring forward a resolution calling for the interchange option.

The resolution going before supervisors Wednesday supports construction of an interchange at Highway 29 and County Road U. If approved, it would be forwarded to the DOT.

The County Board meets at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano.