High water levels on County Highway N between Drummond and Barnes in Bayfield County have forced temporary closure of the highway between Hiatt Road to the west and Pigeon Lake Road to the east, according to a news release from Bayfield County Emergency Management. There are places where 6 inches of water have overtopped the road. For the safety of all, the road has been temporarily closed.
Bayfield County raised the eastern section of County Highway N by 2.5 feet last fall to address high water levels resulting from the June 2018 flooding. With the spring of 2019, waters remained high.
Snow melt and rain over the past 30 days have raised water levels 6 inches above the road in multiple sections, making passage unsafe. Water levels are anticipated to continue to rise.
County Highway N is the main east-west route for vehicle traffic in the southern half of Bayfield County. Several other roads in the area are also closed. Detour routes have been identified as follows:
- For eastbound traffic, detour routes are County Highway A north to Iron River, then east on U.S. Highway 2 to State Highway 63 and south to Drummond (approximately a 60-minute detour).
- For westbound traffic, detour routes are State Highway 63 north to U.S. Highway 2, west to County Highway A in Iron River and south on County Highway A. (approximately a 60-minute detour).
Detour route maps are available on the Bayfield County website, www.bayfieldcounty.org.
Bayfield County Highway Department is working with other agencies to identify safe and shorter detour routes as well as solutions to the high-water level that will allow them to reopen the road.