WI government at its finest
Wis. Detour Sends Drivers 50 Miles Away
The Associated Press
GREEN LAKE, Wis. - A detour that bypasses road work near this popular
vacation spot sends motorists more than 50 miles out of their way, even though
there's a five-minute alternative nearby.
The construction work is being done about 10 miles west of Green Lake,
on a 10-block stretch of state Highway 23 in Princeton.
Locals avoid the construction by taking legal shortcuts through
Princeton's downtown, about a five-minute trip.
But those who follow official
signs travel a circuitous route spanning about 50 miles along state Highways 73,
21 and 49.
The official detour is long, but it's the best way to divert non-local
traffic around the construction zone, said Kevin Garrigan, Department of
Transportation manager for the project.
A detour using county highways would be shorter, he said, but many of
those highways weren't built under state standards for lane widths and shoulder
Also, not all county highways can safely handle higher traffic levels,