2/25/17 – Reconstruction of James Street / Highways 16 and 60 through downtown Columbus will be starting on Monday March 6th. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Director David Pilon says reconstruction will be a multi-stage project beginning in March with tree removal along the east/west traffic artery. The first stage of construction will take place between River Road and Ludington Street. That first stage, scheduled between March and June, will include road closures and what Pilon calls a “pack your lunch” detour. The detour will use all state roads north east of Columbus reaching the edge of Beaver Dam. The project is targeted for completion in October.