Easy Access to Fireworks Outlet Readstown. Ignore the Detour on Hwy 14 and just come to Readstown as normal. If you are coming in on Hwy 14 from the West or Hwy 161 from the South. Just follow the Local Traffic Access; Water Street to Charles Street and South on 4th Street (Hwy 131) only about 6 block out of your way. Local Access for cars and small truck only. Coming on Hwy 14 from the East or Hwy 131 from the North, No change Hwy 14 open as normal. See more Information below.
Local Access Map
The 85-year-old highway bridge over the Kickapoo River at Readstown is being replaced this summer, leading to significant detours for both Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 131.
According to the Department of Transportation, heavy trucks or long/wide loads must use the signed state highway detour route. The detour is to begin Monday, May 23.
There is a bridge over the river at Charles Street — about one-third of a mile north of the bridge that is being replaced. However, the Charles Street bridge isn’t large enough to handle semi traffic.
“Cars and smaller trucks, such as delivery trucks, can use the Charles Street bridge if they’re local traffic,” Tim Maedke, the DOT Project manager, said. “Longer trucks or semis can’t make the turn onto Charles Street and will have to use the detours.”
Maedke said traffic on the Hwy. 14 route from Viroqua to Richland Center will not be too inconvenienced by the Hwy. 56 detour, which is only one mile longer. Maedke said in that instance, road quality is a bigger concern than length.
However, the detour for Hwy. 131 will bring traffic heading north from Readstown to Viroqua and then east to Viola. The Hwy. 131 detour is 24 miles long.
“For Hwy. 131 it is a significant detour,” Maedke said.
The $3.6 million project includes replacement of the overhead truss bridge, which was originally constructed in 1931.
“The original bridge has been there a long time,” Maedke said, adding it has been regularly maintained over the years.
The new bridge will meet existing road standards and include a sidewalk.
The contractor for the project is Lunda Construction of Black River Falls.
For more information the DOT has a webpage on the project at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/sw/us14bridge/default.aspx#status
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