Highway 57 in Sister Bay is moving up.
To the top of the hill.
That was the decision of the Sister Bay Village Board, which voted recently to re-route State Highway 57 so it aligns with State Highway 42 at the top of the hill south of the Sister Bay Visitor Center. The option narrowly won out over another Department of Transportation alternative that would have kept the intersection at its present location.
Village Administrator Bob Kufrin says the vote was close -- 4 to 3 -- but a couple of factors tipped the scales in favor of moving Highway 57.
Kufrin says the project will include shaving off the top of the hill by 6 to 8 feet to make it less steep.
The realignment of the intersection is part of a broader project to reconstruct a 1.4 mile stretch of Highway 42, a job that will widen the roadway to incorporate shared bicycle/parking lanes, install new storm sewer, and add curb and gutter and sidewalk between Country Walk Drive and Bluffside Lane.
Kufrin says the project is scheduled to start after Labor Day in 2014 and hopefully be completed by June 1, 2015. He says it's the third in a string of projects over the next few years that will all be scheduled around the busy summer tourist season.