Highway Mission Statement:

  • To work cooperatively in promoting, developing, and prioritizing improvements to and safety of State and County Highway’s in Rusk County.
  • To secure the provision of safe and efficient travel and economic growth on State and County Highway’s located in Rusk County.
  • To work in cooperation with neighboring Districts, Local Townships and Villages, City of Ladysmith, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Rusk County Board of Supervisors, as well as any other authorities associated with the development of Rusk County Highways.
  • To identify short-term needs of Rusk County highways and to develop costs associated with those needs.
  • To study long-term needs from a safety perspective first, and also from an economic perspective.
  • To develop a long-range plan including the scope of improvements and the costs associated with those improvements.
  • To submit project proposals and grant requests to the proper authorities and district offices in order to secure available funds for the development, growth, and safety of Rusk County Highways.

General Information:
The Highway Department carries out general and winter maintenance in order to fulfill its responsibilities to maintain travel safety and convenience on all county and state highways, in addition to a number of local roads in Rusk County.

  • General maintenance includes: patching, crack filling and replacement of pavement; shoulder maintenance, roadside mowing and brush control; bridge and culvert maintenance; litter and trash pickup; guard rail installation and repair; signing’ pavement marking; traffic control, and traffic signal maintenance.
  • Winter maintenance includes: installation of snow fence; ice control; salting and sanding; snowplowing, and snow removal.

Additionally, the department carries out road construction, pavement resurfacing (blacktopping), plus bridge and culvert repair and installation, and bridge inspections. Planning, engineering and administration are also an essential function of the department.