The J-T's article today on the expansion of Hwy 38 seems to indicate the DOT is looking at the reconfiguration, rather than just an expansion of the existing road.
This is GREAT news for Caledonia. Not only would the new road improve safety via better visibility (better topography - fewer hills), the new road will give easy access for trucks to the back of the Caledonia Industrial Park. Easing the truck traffic currently routed through residential areas would obviously improve safety in those areas, but it would also give a huge boost to the marketability of the industrial park. In fact, the lack of easy access to the park has served as a deterrent to attracting industry.
I, for one, have my fingers crossed the DOT and the new administration will go ahead with the new route, rather than just widening an already dangerous and antiquated road.
One other comment - this route has been discussed for some time and, from what I remember, was slated to begin much sooner than the 2016 date given in the J-T article. However, I believe this is one of the road projects that was tossed onto the scrap heap when Governor Doyle raided the transportation fund to balance the budget in 2006 or 2008.