The US 8 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) examines 40 miles
of US 8 from WIS 35 North in Polk County to US 53 in Barron County.
The corridor passes through the communities of Range, Turtle Lake,
Almena, Poskin and Barron.
This segment of US 8 is classified as a Corridors 2020 connector
route in Wisconsin's State Highway Plan, making traffic movement and
safety high priorities.
The majority of US 8 is a two-lane rural road. WisDOT has
recently added passing lanes at various locations to increase
safety. US 8 is a four-lane undivided road through the urban areas
of Turtle Lake and Barron.
WisDOT is has worked with the Highway 8 Coalition to address the
needs and potential solutions for the corridor. The coalition
includes the Barron, Polk, Price and Rusk County highway
commissioners, highway committee chairpersons and community members
from each county. Their mission is to work cooperatively in
promoting, developing and prioritizing improvements to US 8 from the
Minnesota/Wisconsin border to WIS 13 in Price County.
The Final EIS
document was approved by FHWA and WisDOT on October 5, 2007 and is available for review.