Highway 21 Ribbon Cutting
November 5, 2012
The West Side Association and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation co-hosted d the ribbon cutting celebration for the Highway 21 overpass on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:00 am. The business community and the citizens of Oshkosh were excited to celebrate this long-anticipated infrastructure improvement that promised to alleviate traffic congestion and open up Oshkosh's west side to new commercial development opportunities.
The festivities were held inside a tent at Robbins Restaurant, 1810 Omro Road where very special guests shared their excitement for the completion of this project. Speakers included:
- US Senator Tom Petri
- Oshkosh Mayor Burk Tower
- WI Secretary of Transportation, Mark Gottlieb
- Oshkosh Chamber President, John Casper
An outdoor ribbon cutting was followed by a short reception inside the restaurant. Refreshments were graciously donated by Robbins Restaurant and Festival Foods for this event. Over 150 people attended to help us celebrate this tremendous improvement for the city of Oshkosh, the Town of Algoma, and all of Winnebago County.
About the Project
The WIS 21 interchange was part of a $54 million project that includes improvements to US 41 mainline and expansion of the Lake Butte des Morts causeway immediately to the north. The interchange, including the pavement from Witzel Avenue to Lake Butte des Morts, totals approximately $30 million of the $54 million.
Improved safety, greater capacity and replacing deteriorating pavement are the main reasons for reconstructing WIS 21. Improvements include:
- Rebuilding the interchange so that WIS 21 passes over US 41
- Construction of four roundabouts on WIS 21, at the US 41 ramp terminals and Washburn and Koeller streets intersections
- Reconstruction and expansion of US 41 between Witzel Avenue and US 45
- Installation of sidewalks and bike lanes
The upgrade to the WIS 21 interchange and US 41 mainline will be critical to Wisconsin, the region, and area businesses because they ensure an important economic link between the Fox River Valley and southeast Wisconsin for the future.