In mid- to late-May, drivers are going to have to find a new way to get to Oshkosh.

After years in the making — and the date being pushed back by 12 months last year — reconstruction is scheduled to get underway this spring on Highway 44 between Ripon and Pickett.

It is expected to be completed by late fall, according to DOT Project Manager Marvin Levine.

“The timing is set by what the contractor thinks he needs to finish the job,” Levine said. “And in this particular case, the contractor believes he can start in mid- to late-May and finish by late fall.”

With the reconstruction, which will include passing lanes, rumble strips and a wider driving area, will come a closure of the highway while work is being done.

“The detour routes will be established on the first day of construction, so the road will be closed to thru traffic,” Levine said. “It will be open for the local traffic.”

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