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DOT gives 441 Tri County Expansion update

441 Construction on March 15, 2017 (WLUK/Mike Moon)

MENASHA (WLUK) -- The Wisconsin DOT says construction on the 441 Corridor is coming-along on schedule.

Department representatives updated drivers Wednesday about changes and closures they'll see throughout the year.

The 441 Tri-County expansion has a few more years until completion.

Wednesday area residents like George Schroeder got a project update from the DOT.

"I live right there on Oneida Street and they're up to here now and they're gonna be doing this part next," Schroeder showed FOX 11 on a map.

Schroeder told us he knows it's not going to be pleasant.

"I wanna get some time schedules, what to expect for dust and dirt," he said.

Project manager Kurt Peters told FOX 11 News drivers will see a lot of the same work continue that's already underway in areas like the bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts and the 10-44-41 interchange.

"A lot of bridges being built and ramps, ramp work and that not a lot's gonna open or be completed this year. A lot of the work is carried over into 2018," he explained.

Peters said 2018 will be a big year for the project.

"By the end of 2018 the entire interchange of 10, 441 and I-41 will be complete," he told us.

"A change drivers will need to be aware of this summer will be the closure of exits along Midway Road.

"Late July-early August we'll be closing three of the four ramps at the Midway Interchange," Peters explained.

According to Peters the work is on schedule and on budget, with money scheduled to keep coming in from the state.

"As far as we've been told 441 is one of the projects that the funding will continue to come in for and we'll keep building," he told us.

Schroeder told FOX 11 News he's had some concerns about the project from the beginning.

"A lot of change, you know? People fear change. A lot of change in the area: roundabouts, a diamond interchange," he said.

Schroeder told us he's looking forward to the end.

"The flow through here will be much better...day by day. You know, you can't stop progress. They're gonna do it no matter what!" he exclaimed, laughing.

The DOT told us the traffic will flow more smoothly and be much safer. It's just going to take time.

The DOT says the entire project is on schedule to finish in 2020.

For an overview of the project go here.

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