WRIGHTSTOWN — Modernization efforts will continue along Wisconsin 96 in the next few years, as the state works to add bicycle lanes, improve pedestrian access and extend the life of the major roadway across southern Brown County.

The Department of Transportation plans to rebuild a one-mile section of the road through Greenleaf in 2014, one of four major projects for the Wrightstown-Greenleaf area.

The project, from Breckenridge Falls Boulevard to Old Wisconsin 57 Road, will close sections of the road to traffic during construction, and will require detours.

A municipal sewer- and water-line replacement project also is slated to be done in 2014, said Bryan Lipke, DOT project manager for the Wisconsin 96 corridor.

Also scheduled for Highway 96 are a resurfacing project slated for 2013, a reconstruction project for 2014 and a bridge-replacement project planned for 2014-15.

About 30 people attended a public meeting Thursday to learn about the Greenleaf project. Before the meeting, some business-owners expressed fears that closing the road for construction would discourage regular customers from visiting, and would reduce the amount of “drive-by” business they receive.

“The economy is already slow,” said Jeff Vande Hey, who operates Bodeans Bar N Bowl, a Wisconsin 96 tavern that hosts summer volleyball leagues on Tuesday and Thursday nights. “If they’re gonna close 96, you wonder if your people will bother to come around the back way.”

After Thursday’s meeting, though, Vande Hey shrugged and said the work sounded like “it’s got to be done.”

DOT said it expects to close 96 in May 2014 for work east of the Greenleaf roundabout. That section would reopen, and work would begin west of the roundabout, in about July.

When work is complete, bicycle lanes will have been added on each side of the roadway. Litke said the work will have a 25-year “design life.”

“It means we won’t have to be back in six years to do another resurfacing,” he said.

Between 4,200 and 4,500

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