LAKE GENEVA — Wisconsin’s DOT is proposing to improve approximately 2.5 miles of Wisconsin Highway 50 through Lake Geneva beginning in 2027.

Highway 50 is Main Street in town and the project extends from Forest Street on the west city limits, through downtown to the entrance of Grand Geneva.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to occur over two seasons, in 2027 and 2028.

A public involvement meeting will be held on March 21, 2024 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Lake Geneva City Hall.

In addition to replacing the existing pavement, project improvements also include:

  • Replacing traffic signal equipment at six intersections within project limits
  • Reconstruction of non-compliant ADA curb ramps
  • Drainage improvements
  • Constructing a path between Curtis Street and Edwards Boulevard

Public Meeting

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format allowing the public to stop in at their convenience to learn about project updates and share their input. Information presented at the meeting will be available online for those unable to attend. To provide input, contact the project contacts below.

Traffic Impacts

WIS 50 will be constructed in segments, and traffic control configuration will be specific to each one. No matter the operation, access to adjacent businesses and properties will be maintained.

The project is proposing to resurface portions of WIS 50 (Main Street) east of Wells Street along with sidewalk construction, which can be done under flagging operations and a shoulder closure. Improvements at the WIS 120 and Edward Boulevard intersection may require single lane closures, but efforts will keep it partially open during construction.

The project is proposing to conduct pavement replacement on the portion of WIS 50 (Main Street) west of Wells Street. Maintaining traffic through the downtown core is a priority, and temporary widening efforts to maintain bi-directional traffic are being explored. At minimum, a lane of traffic in one direction will always open through this area. From Forest Street to Cook Street, there are only two existing travel lanes and a full closure with local traffic only will be required is being evaluated.

By Staff Report

Walworth County Community News