The County of Door has received the permit to start the project that’s intended to make the intersection of Gordon Road/County BB and Highway 42/57 safer.
Work on what’s known locally as the Culver’s intersection cannot start until after Labor Day and is expected to take a couple of weeks, according to Thad Ash, Door County highway commissioner.
County officials consider the intersection one of the most dangerous in the county. State data shows that 50% of the 22 accidents that have taken place at the site during the past five years have been caused by motorists trying to turn north onto the highway from Gordon Road.
The changes, worth $251,151 as approved by the Door County Board of Supervisors in June, primarily block access to motorists attempting to turn north from Gordon Road/County BB. Other parts of the project, required by the state, include an acceleration lane, lane-separating delineators and turning-radius improvements on Old Highway Road, which connects Gordon Road and Egg Harbor Road parallel to and west of Highway 42/57, and which is expected to receive more traffic once northbound access from Gordon Road to the highway is blocked.
The county’s improvements are expected to be temporary. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation secured roughly $2 million to construct a roundabout or other “intersection modification” at the site, but that work would not be done for several years, with the public meeting process likely to begin in 2024.