Construction Roadblocks

If you drive Highway 12 through the Baraboo area, you're now going to have to wait another year to see any road improvements.

The Department of Transportation has issued a construction timetable for 11 major highway projects. Six of them will be completed more quickly than expected, but five of them have been rescheduled for later dates because of environmental and planning issues.

That has people living and working near Hwy. 12 fearing another year without what they call necessary changes.

Jack Meegan lives a half mile off of Hwy. 12 in Baraboo. He's upset the DOT has pushed back construction there to 2009.

But Bob St. Clair, the director of the WisDOT Bureau of State Highway Programs says there are rules and regulations they have to abide by before starting a construction project.

Safety is a key reason for concern.

Just 2 weeks ago, a New York man died after he was hit broadside by another vehicle turning west onto FernDell Road.

St. Clair agrees there are safety issues but restates the department's need to abide by the laws and take the time needed to start the project properly.

Still Meegan says this process of studies and drawings has gone on long enough. That's why he can't believe there is yet another delay.

Of the 5 delayed projects, 2 affect our viewing area.

The scheduled start of the Highway 12 project from Lake Delton to Sauk City has been pushed back to 2009.

And the construction on Wis 26 from Janesville to Watertown has also been delayed to 2009.

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