The dump trucks, graders and surveyors are putting their touches on the Highway 64 loop around the north side of Antigo this week, getting very close to the end of the project in about 60 days.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation launched the project to skirt downtown Antigo with the road over existing routes at Highway 45 and 64 on the north side of the city and then at North Hogan Street, started a cross-country jaunt to Highway 64 in the area of Zima Road west of the city.
It is one of the few completely new roads constructed in this area for decades, cutting across farm fields in the town of Ackley.
The portion of the route just west of the Highway 45 and 64 intersection has been paved in a heavily-used business district, and the blacktop works its way west but the gravel trucks are still hauling and the graders are shaping the new road.
Charley Brinkmeier, who handles technical aspects of the city’s public works projects, said this morning the work is progressing well despite weather-related difficulties earlier this summer.
The Department of Transportation is holding to its October completion on the bypass, that is projected to cost $2.6 million.