By Ed Byrne * The Brillion News

WRIGHTSTOWN – When the state Department of Transportation hosts an open house at Wrightstown High School on May 22, the public will get to see the latest plans for a series of four projects that will stretch from the west side of Wrightstown to the east side of Greenleaf.

One is the new Fox River Bridge, another is reconstruction of State 96 from the bridge to the east village limits, a third is repaving State 96 between Wrightstown and Greenleaf, and the fourth is rebuilding State 96 within the borough of Greenleaf.

Bridge design to change

In a presentation to the Wrightstown Village Board, the DOT gave notice of some changes in the bridge project.

One big change is the width of the bridge deck, scaled down from 67 feet wide to 54 feet wide. Originally planned wide enough to expand someday from two to four traffic lanes, it will now be wide enough for only two lanes – one in each direction.

The first plans called for a sidewalk on one side of the bridge deck, and a much wider “multi-use trail” on the other side. Now, there are standard sidewalks on both sides.

Assistant project manager Natasha Gwidt said those change trim $4 million off the bridge project cost.

“This does [still] accommodate farm machinery,” Gwidt said.

She said the decision not to build a bridge that could be made into four traffic lanes was made because the roundabouts at each end of the bridge will not be big enough to handle two lanes coming off the bridge and two lanes going into the bridge.

To read the full story … pick up a copy of the April 12, 2012 edition of The Brillion News.