I-43 bridge rehabilitation project in Delavan-area to begin
New structure will accommodate oversize/overweight vehicles


March 23, 2016

On Monday, March 28, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation project of the southbound I-43 Bridge over Elm Ridge Road, in Walworth County.

The project will reconstruct the southbound bridge deck over Elm Ridge Road. From County X to Elm Ridge Road, the southbound travel lanes will be milled and overlaid and shoulders will be reconstructed. Safety improvements include new barrier wall, beam guard and crash cushions. Updates to the drainage system will also take place.

Built in 1975, with its last rehabilitation in 2003, the existing southbound asphalt surface is in poor condition. This project will extend the service life of the structure.

A long-term lane closure is scheduled to begin as early as March 28, and be in place for the majority of the project duration. One lane of traffic will be open to traffic at all times. Elm Ridge Road, underneath the freeway, would need to be closed for short periods of time when bridge demolition is occurring.

The existing southbound I-43 Bridge over Elm Ridge Road is posted for a maximum load of 55 tons, causing heavier vehicles to divert from the interstate highway system. The new bridge deck will have the strength capacity to accommodate these heavier vehicles.

The contractor, Lunda Construction, is planning on completing the $1.3 million project in fall of 2016. The schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.

More information about the project can be found at