The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is conducting a public hearing to discuss designating WIS 21, between the west Adams County line and 4th Avenue, Coloma (Waushara County) as a controlled access highway. The public can attend one or both of the scheduled hearings:

· Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Strongs Prairie Town Hall, 1588 State Hwy 21, Arkdale, presentation at 5:30 p.m.

· Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Anna Follett Community Center, 155 N Front Street, Coloma, presentation at 5:30 p.m.

WisDOT is seeking the public’s input on the proposed controlled access designation of this section of WIS 21, which is being developed under State Statute 84.25.

Each hearing will combine an open house with a traditional hearing format. The open house begins at 5 p.m. The traditional public hearing portion begins with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Maps will be on display showing individual properties, existing access points (driveways), proposed access modifications, and local road intersections. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide private or public verbal testimony. Written testimony is also an option. Local officials, property owners, and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

State Statute 84.25 allows WisDOT to designate rural highways, which have an average annual daily traffic of 2,000 or more vehicles and facing increased development pressures from abutting lands, as a controlled access highway. This proactive measure provides a way for WisDOT to protect the highway corridor; maximizing its safety and carrying capacity by managing the location and number of potential future access to the highway.

There is no construction currently associated with WIS 21 Access Management Study.

The Strongs Prairie Town Hall and the Anna Follett Community Center are ADA accessible. Attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing, and require an interpreter, may request one by contacting Kristin McHugh at (715) 421-8380 (not a TDD Number) at least one week prior to each hearing date. Calls can also be placed through the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System by dialing 711.

Information concerning the proposal is also available for inspection and copying at the department’s North Central Region Offices:

· 510 N. Hanson Lake Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501

· 1681 Second Avenue South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

Information is also available on the study’s WisDOT website: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/nc/wis21access/default.aspx