The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northwest Region will hold a public involvement meeting to discuss safety improvements for the intersection of U.S. Highway 53 and County Highway Y in the town of Gordon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Gordon Town Hall, 9709 East County Highway Y.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format with a short presentation at 6 p.m.

The project includes reconstruction of the intersection of 53 and Y in Gordon as a restricted U-turn intersection, similar to the one 3 miles north at the intersection of 53 and County Highway L. Through traffic on 53 will not be impacted, except during construction. Drivers wanting to turn left at Y, or cross 53 on Y, will instead have to go past the intersection and use the turnaround.

Project Manager Brendan Dirkes said residents might find it more inconvenient to cross 53 on Y following construction, but it takes less than a minute to use the turnarounds and they've been proven to be a huge benefit to safety.

The project qualified for safety funding because that intersection has one of the higher crash rates in the state, Dirkes said, based on severity of crashes, overall number of crashes and volume of vehicles coming throughand qualified for safety funding for the project.

In addition to putting in the U-turn, WisDOT will resurface U.S. 53 northbound from County Highway T to the St. Croix River. Construction is currently scheduled for 2020.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. There will be a variety of exhibits and maps available for review at the meeting and representatives of WisDOT will be on hand to answer questions. Attendees will have the option of making written or verbal comments during the meeting.

Contact Dirkes at 715-395-3026 for more information. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Dirkes at 1701 N. Fourth St., Superior, WI 54880.

Citizens who are hearing-impaired and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Brendan Dirkes at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).