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April 16, 2021

3/23/2021 9:46:00 AM
Marklein helps accelerate Lone Rock bridge project

Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) said this week that the Highway 130 Lone Rock Bridge project will begin two years earlier than planned by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Sen. Marklein requested that the DOT accelerate the project to replace this essential bridge.
"After months of meetings, research and recommendations, I am pleased to announce that construction on the Highway 130 Lone Rock Bridge will begin in 2024 rather than 2026," Marklein said. "Behind-the-scenes work has already begun to accelerate engineering, studies, real estate acquisition and planning necessary to break ground in 2024."
In September 2020, Sen. Marklein requested a meeting with the DOT to understand the process, timeline and plans to replace the Hwy 130 Lone Rock Bridge. He learned that the DOT applied $1 million in band-aids to extend the life of the bridge until 2028. Marklein expressed deep concerns about the current condition of the bridge despite the expensive band-aids. The DOT informed him that if the bridge fails or needs to be closed, it will require a significant detour and 18-27 months for an emergency repair.
The emergency detour for residents of the surrounding communities would add 30 miles of travel to cross the river for two years. As a result, Marklein pressed the DOT for a specific timeline and options for moving the project forward faster.
He learned that several studies and steps could be accomplished at the same time, but were currently schedule to occur in sequential order, thus extending the planning for the project for years longer than necessary. The DOT claimed that this process was in state law, but Sen. Marklein discovered that this was not true. He confronted the agency and demanded immediate action.
"I met with DOT Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson and asked him to accelerate the project because I am worried about the condition of the bridge. I am very concerned about the potential impact on several communities if we have an emergency situation and have to fully close the bridge and detour traffic," Sen. Marklein said. "A deliberate, well-planned construction project will allow the DOT to keep traffic flowing while replacing the bridge. We need this to happen sooner rather than later."
On March 1, 2021, Sen. Marklein received confirmation from the DOT that the Lone Rock Bridge project would be accelerated and will be let in Fall 2024 with construction expected to begin in 2025. Estimated completion is 2026. The estimated cost for the project is $34.1 million.

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