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Highway 83 reopens tomorrow, ribbon cutting ceremonies being held

 Highway 83 will once again be open to through traffic after being closed since March for construction. 


The Highway 83 construction is scheduled to be completed at noon Nov. 23, weather permitting.

To celebrate the reopening, Mukwonago and Genesee businesses and communities will host ribbon-cutting events that day.

In Mukwonago, the ribbon-cutting will be at the entrance of Black Bear Boulevard near Waukesha State Bank at noon, followed by announcements from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and local officials at Culver's, 1090 N. Rochester St. Culver's will offer special promotions to celebrate the reopening.

In Genesee, business owners, town officials and others will participate in the ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. near the Citgo gas station at Highways 59 and 83.

Highway 83 has been closed to through traffic from Black Bear Road to Highway 59 since mid-March. Project components included grading, structures, storm sewer and culverts, curb and gutter, concrete pavement and asphalt pavement. One of the more noticeable improvements is the straightening of curves between Mukwonago and Genesee, and the smoothing of hills.

The project also included creating four lanes between Highways NN and X, two-lane curb and gutter from Walnut/Seville to Old Village Road, and widening the shoulders and improvement of signals from Old Village Road to Highway 59.

The project has included the installation of three roundabouts at Highway 83 and Highways I, X and 59.

According to the DOT, other than minor weather issues, which delayed the start date of the project by about a week, the project has gone quite smoothly.

State officials must still look at the numbers to know whether the project will come in on, over, or under budget. According to the DOT website, the project is estimated to cost $19.7 million.


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