This Monday is the scheduled first day of construction for the Highway 64 bypass project in Langlade County.
The $2.6-million project, being paid in full by the state, will result in a new two-lane highway that Highway 64 will take northwest of the city of Antigo between Zima Road and the highway's current intersection with Highway 45 on the city's north side.
The first stage of construction will begin out in area farm fields west of the city. The first impact on area drivers will be on West First Avenue west of Antigo. The plan is to change the road where the new highway will pass through by putting in culverts, ending the thruway. This is expected to take place before the end of May.
Once the new roadway is built in the fields, stage two of the project will begin. This will focus on updating current roadways and underground infrastructure on the city's northwest side such as Century Avenue, Deleglise Street and Center Street. This will result in closures of intersections on this route for up to two weeks at times this summer.
The project is scheduled to be completed by October. Once it is, the current roadways under Highway 64 classification will no longer be that. This includes portions of Fifth Avenue, Superior Street and Neva Road.