September 24-25, 2016 Flood Update and Detour Route

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 9/28/2016 9:31 AM

Water levels have steadily gone down since Monday morning. Museum Road remains closed as of Wednesday morning but is expected to reopen by late Wednesday or Thursday. Roads have also reopened in the neighboring village of Rock Springs. Museum visitors coming for the weekend of October 1-2 are not expected to encounter any travel impediments.

UPDATE SATURDAY 9/24/2016 9:07 AM

Hwy 136 and County Hwy DD in the village of Rock Springs are now closed. This will impact visitors traveling via Reedsburg and points immediately west. It is recommended from Reedsburg to follow Hwy 33 east all the way to Baraboo in order to approach North Freedom from the east via Hwy 136 and County Hwy PF. Using this detour, travel time from Reedsburg is estimated at 40 minutes rather than the typical 20 minutes.

Flooding Closes Area Roads

Recent heavy rains have caused the Baraboo River to rise to moderate to major flood levels. Water is anticipated to completely cover Museum Road (a.k.a. Diamond Hill Road) by the afternoon of Friday, September 23 and remain covered throughout the weekend. Museum Road is the primary route used by visitors to reach Mid-Continent Railway Museum.

The flooding is not anticipated to impact Mid-Continent’s ability to remain open and operate train rides as scheduled.

When arriving from the direction of Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells/Madison, a detour route is available which requires an additional five minutes travel time. White ground-directional signs pointing the way to Mid-Continent will be placed along the detour route, beginning at the 4-way stop sign in downtown North Freedom. Directions are as follows:

  1. From the 4-way stop sign in North Freedom, follow County Hwy PF south for 3/4 mile
  2. Turn right on Ulrich Road, follow it for 1 mile
  3. Turn right on Museum Road, follow it for 3/4 mile
  4. At the stop sign, turn right. Continue for 500 feet. The museum depot is located on the left side of the road.

Google Map of Suggested Detour Route

For any questions, please contact Mid-Continent Railway Museum at 608-522-4261 or toll free at 800-930-1385.

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