Butte des Morts Causeway Opening
Big Lake Butte des Morts is an 8,800-acre (36 km2) lake located in Wisconsin and is part of the Winnebago Pool (also known as the Winnebago System). Originally opened in 1955, the Lake Butte des Morts Causeway recently received an upgrade. To better accommodate increasing traffic volumes on highway 41, WisDOT built a new, eight-lane crossing created by widening the existing structure to the west. The new causeway will provide increased safety and stability.
The Lake Butte des Morts Causeway was identified as an opportunity to celebrate the culture and history of the state's diverse Native American tribes. WisDOT received input from the eleven federally recognized Native American tribes of Wisconsin. Custom produced architectural formliners from Architectural Polymers were used on the parapets, abutments and piers to help identify this diversity. See Website photos.
Architectural stain was used to enhance the custom graphics.
The Causeway opened in June on time and under budget.