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MOUNT PLEASANT — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting on future construction on a portion of Highway KR, a project that is expected to include acquisition of properties and possible relocations.

The section of the highway that is to be worked on is about 400 feet east of the intersection with Highway H, extends east for 2.8 miles and ends past the intersection of Highway KR and Old Green Bay Road/Taylor Avenue along the Mount Pleasant and Somers village border and the Racine/Kenosha county line. The public hearing is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Somers Village Hall, 7511 12th St. (Highway E). Interested members of the public can attend during that time to review displays and other hearing materials, ask questions, and provide testimony.

The project would replace the existing two-lane rural Highway KR with a four-lane urban roadway that has two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction, divided by a median.

The project would include improvements, such as signals and turn lanes, to maintain traffic operations at the Highway KR intersections with Highway 31 and Old Green Bay Road. It would realign 90th Street in Mount Pleasant on the north with Highway EA in Somers on the south. The existing at-grade crossings with the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Union Pacific Railway would be grade separated, with Highway KR built over the railroad corridors. Two new concrete slab span bridges over the Pike River would replace the existing box culvert that conveys the Pike River under Highway KR.

Property acquisitions

It is anticipated that the relocation of persons and farms will occur as a result of the proposed improvement, DOT officials advised. Land acquisition and schedules for construction will be discussed at the public hearing. Racine County and Kenosha County officials will complete real estate acquisition and relocations. Relocation assistance will also be discussed.

Any person who feels that he or she may be affected by the proposed project can obtain acquisition and relocation assistance information from the applicable county representatives. For affected properties in Racine County, property owners are advised to contact Julie Anderson, Racine County’s director of public works and development services, at 262-886-8440.

For affected properties in Kenosha County, property owners can contact Clement Abongwa, Kenosha County highway commissioner and director of the Division of Highways-Public Works Department at 262-653-1870.

More information concerning the proposed project is available for inspection and copying at the Department’s Southeast Region Office in Waukesha. Information can also be viewed online at: https://projects.511wi.gov/fdr/county-kr-environmental-document.

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