RIVER FALLS -- State Highway 29 improvements between River Falls and Prescott are in the works despite a March 17 local officials meeting being canceled due to public safety measures.

A complete final plans meeting is scheduled Aug. 1, 2020 and construction is on for 2021 as of March 24, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website.

The improvements will consist of multiple projects, including:

  • U.S. Highway 10 to County QQ south junction pavement and guardrail replacement.

  • County QQ south junction to Cemetery Road in the city of River Falls pavement replacement and edge line rumble strip installment.

    • Also modifying three intersections. County E: Changing the bypass lane to a dedicated left-turn lane; County FF: Rebuilding the intersection to add left-turn lanes for east- and westbound Highway 29 traffic and a right-turn lane for westbound WIS 29 traffic; Reconfiguring the channelizing island for right turns from southbound County FF; Cemetery Road: Widening the southeast radius for truck movement.

  • South Main Street to State Highway 65 pavement replacement and upgrading curb ramps.

    • Also modifying two intersections. Emory Circle: Altering intersection to allow right turns only from Emory Circle to Cemetery Road (State Highway 29); South Wasson Lane: Modifying the geometry in the southwest corner of the roundabout to better accommodate trucks.

During construction, traffic impacts will vary for each project. Exact dates for detours were not yet available. Temporary driveway closures will be necessary in some areas and property and business owners will be given advanced notice.

From U.S. Highway 10 in Prescott to Cemetery Road in River Falls:

  • Motorists will be detoured via U.S. Highway 10 and State Highway 65.

  • Pedestrians will be detoured during box culvert work near 805th Avenue in River Falls.

From South Main Street to State Highway 65:

  • Traffic will be maintained using flagging operations and lane closures.

  • Pedestrian accommodations will be made during sidewalk work.

More information is available at wisconsindot.gov.