MOUNT PLEASANT — Starting in the late summer, drivers should begin to see road signs and detours related to the proposed Foxconn Technology Group project in Mount Pleasant.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is finalizing plans for road construction on Interstate 94, Braun Road, highways H and KR, and the interstate frontage road that include lane closures and detours.
However, according to Michael Pyritz, regional communication manager for DOT, the department is still working on forming traffic patterns related to the contruction.
“There are a lot of items that we don’t have yet as far as the construction schedule for what Foxconn is going to be doing,” Pyritz said. “We have to mesh that with the utilities, when are they going to be moving? So there are a lot of parts that are involved with something like that.”
Pyritz said there likely will be a public meeting in March that will have more details about the road construction.
“It’s a complex project insofar as there are a lot of other pieces. As far as the road construction goes, it’s actually a fairly straightforward project,” Pyritz said. “But coordinating that with Foxconn, with utilities, water utilities, electrical utilities, communication utilities — all of that at the same time — that is where it starts getting pretty interesting.”
Brett Wallace, director for the division of transportation system development on the Foxconn project for the DOT, said the department is doing its best to develop “a good plan with clear, early communication and outreach.”
“We’re treating the Foxconn construction like an event,” Wallace said, in which “we have to plan ahead and have clear routes, clear communication and be nimble enough to handle something that might change.”
Relocation orders for Highway KR
At a public meeting on Tuesday, residents on both sides of Highway KR, in the villages of Mount Pleasant and Somers, were invited to learn more information about their options as relocation orders for property owners are prepared.
Mount Pleasant must submit relocation orders, including a relocation plan, to the Wisconsin Department of Administration for each phase of the land acquisition process. Until those orders are approved by the DOA, the village cannot approach property owners with offers to buy their land.
“What we’ve been seeing a lot of folks are coming to us … they can offer their property to us,” said Claude Lois, project manager for the village. “They have to get (the property) appraised and they have to pay for the appraisal. But once we come to terms, as far as the offer, if we accept their offer then we’ll pay for the appraisal. And then we can acquire their property ahead of time. But they have to approach us.”
“We’re treating the Foxconn construction like an event. We have to plan ahead and have clear routes, clear communication and be nimble enough to handle something that might change."
Brett Wallace, Wisconsin Department of Transportation