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US 8 EIS

Final EIS

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US 8 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

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.


Wetland area near US 8.

Wetland area near US 8.


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