N4711 Highway 27
Ladysmith, WI 54848

Tele: (715) 532-2633
Shop Tele:
(715) 532-2634
(715) 532-2641

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Oversight Committee:
Highway Committee

6:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday thru Thursday


Scott R. Emch, P.E.

Asst. Highway to the Hwy. Commissioner/Financial Administrator:
Nanci A. Mertes

Financial Accountant II:
Lisa Podgornik

Highway Shop Foreman:
Tim Meyer
Tel: (715) 532-2634

Operation Manager:
Eric Pedersen

State Section Foreman:
Ben Jiskra

Financial Accountant I:

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Highway Committee:

Karl Fisher – Chairman
N1835 Hwy 40
Bruce, WI 54819
(715) 868-6743

Jerry Biller – Vice-Chair
N6100 Hwy 73
Glen Flora, WI 54526
(715) 322-5621
Cell: (715) 403-1981

James Platteter – Committee Supervisor
408 E. Phillips Ave.
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Cell:  (715) 415-1137

Arian Knops – Committee Supervisor
W10700 Woodland Road
Bruce, WI 54819
(715) 868-2886
Cell:  (715) 415-3648

Roger Gierke – Committee Supervisor
N653 Rangeline Road
Conrath, WI 54731
(715) 452-5895
Cell:  (715) 609-9102

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.