were busy Wednesday constructing the new Kwik Trip
convenience store that is located near the intersection
of I-41 with Highway 167 (Holy Hill Road) in the Village
of Richfield. Construction began about mid-July and the
goal is to have the new store open for business around
RICHFIELD – For months motorists
traveling through the village have had to deal with travel delays
and changes due to the ongoing reconstruction and improvements along
Highway 164. Now infrastructure improvements are underway on a small
section of Highway 167 (Holy Hill Road) in conjunction with the
construction of the new Kwik Trip convenience store on the site of
the former Exxon truck stop near the intersection with I-41.
“This will work is expected to be much shorter to complete than the
Highway 164 project,” Village Administrator Jim Healy said.
Work on the Highway 167 details began just a few days ago, but Healy
said that project is expected to be closed by no later than around
the end of September. The work was required by the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation for its approval of the Kwik Trip
“They are adding an access road going north, which will be Richfield
Parkway – our new village road. They will be working on widening the
railroad track crossing on Holy Hill Road to account for the new
traffic pattern,” Healy said. “On the driveway to the south, which
connects to the Thrifty Car Rental, they will be be realigning that
with Richfield Parkway, which will have a stop sign at the
intersection with Holy Hill Road, moving the access to Thrifty Car
Rental by a couple of hundred feet to the west.”
The state Office of the Commissioner of Railroads also required an
additional pavement improvement at the rail crossing on Holy Hill
Road that Kwik Trip agreed to pay for. Other infrastructure
improvements along Highway 167 to be part of the project include
closing the median on Highway 167 so that no left turns can be made
from the righthand-turn-only access point, the realignment of the
access point to the Thrifty Car Rental site (directly south) and a
lighted intersection on Highway 167 that will include stop lights.
The company has already paid the village about $1.3 million to cover
the costs of those improvements.
The construction of the new access road will open property behind
the Kwik Trip for development to the north.
“The village has talked for years about the importance of the
northeast corridor tied to this land specifically,” Healy said. “It
is zoned for a mix of office and industrial.”
Healy said the infrastructure work will also certainly improve
safety in the area. “This is a requirement of the Wisconsin DOT — it
is not something that the village required or was pushing,” Healy
said. “Anybody who has tried to make a left turn coming out of that
previous gas station knows how difficult it was. This will be much
easier. You used to have cars or trucks waiting there for extended
periods of time so it was clear to make the turn or trying to dart
out and making an unsafe movement.”
“I’m happy that this will be inherently safer,” Healy said.
Work is also moving quickly on construction of the new Kwik Trip
“They said they’ve never missed a target date for opening one of
their stores,” Healy said.
Jeff Osgood, in charge of Kwik Trip, Inc. store engineering, said
the schedule calls for the final health inspection for the store on
Nov. 18 and the doors to open to the public for the first time
around Nov. 22.