Officials are looking into the possibility of building a right-turn lane at Lee Road onto State Highway 51.
The reason: to ease traffic congestion.
Drivers making a left turn from Lee Road south onto Hwy. 51 must often wait for the highway to clear before crossing lanes, consequently creating a backlog of vehicles.
Much of the traffic at the intersection is from the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk Elementary School – parents, buses and teachers – which is why the school hosted a meeting with town, county and state delegates earlier this month to discuss the intersection.
“I think what we’re looking at is a safer entrance and exit from the school district,” Ellis said.
Butch Welch, the town of Minocqua’s public works director, is in talks with Pitlik and Wick, a local paving company, to see if it can provide engineering designs and a preliminary estimate on what the project might cost.
According to town Chairman Mark Hartzheim, Lee Road would need to be widened, but to what degree is unclear.
“We hope we don’t need to acquire any additional property to get this done,” he said.
Hartzheim said there might be grant money available to pay for the turn lane.
If the project moves forward, officials hope to have it completed this fall by the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
Jonathan Anderson may be reached at email@example.com.