Plans to install traffic signals in South Superior are going to the public.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public involvement meeting Aug. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Bryant Elementary School gymnasium, 1423 Central Ave. Enter Door 3.

WisDOT will share plans for an improvement project at the intersection of Tower Avenue and North 61st St., and the public will be able to share their opinions and insights.

The meeting will be an informal open house. Exhibits showing the plan concepts and impacts will be displayed. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.

The purpose of the project is to improve the safety and functionality of the intersection.

The project includes:

  • Installing traffic signals;
  • Constructing median islands;
  • Reconfiguring traffic lanes;
  • Reconstructing sidewalk curb ramps;
  • Installing railroad gates and arms;
  • Adding two parking spots on Tower Avenue.

Like the signals on Winter Street at Hammond and Tower avenues, the signals will be timed with the railroad crossing to ensure vehicles are off the tracks when a train comes through.

The road will remain open during the project, but bi-direction traffic will require lane shifts during stages of the project. Occasional overnight closures are anticipated, but no detours are planned.

Construction is slated for 2020 at the intersection, but railroad warning devices and gates on North 61st Street could begin this year, according to WisDOT.

“We are waiting for information from the consultant on the signal timing to finish the agreements with the railroad,” said Anna Davey, railroad coordinator with the Northwest Region of WisDOT.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can get more information or share their concerns with Stephanie King at 715-392-7874 or stephanie.king@dot.wi.gov. Comments also can be mailed to Stephanie King, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 1701 N. Fourth St., Superior, WI 54880.

Residents who are hearing-impaired and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Christena T. O’Brien at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).