Residents of the four towns affected by the upcoming reconstruction of U.S. Highway 51 through the Northwoods will have another opportunity to share their concerns about the controversial project with state officials.
A informational meeting will be held at the Woodruff Town Hall Friday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m.
Joan Seramur, one of the organizers of the event and an area business owner, said State Sen. Tom Tiffany, State Rep. Rob Swearingen, State Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb and the Director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Reed Hall, are all expected to attend.
Seramur said the issue is of special interest to Hall because he owns property in the town of Minocqua.
Depending on weather conditions reconstruction of a portion of the highway through Minocqua is scheduled to begin in April or May. Construction is also slated to begin at later times for other sections of the highway that passes through the towns of Hazelhurst, Arbor Vitae and Woodruff.
Residents, business owners and officials of each of the towns have expressed concerns about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s plans for the highway reconstruction because it calls for dramatic changes in ingresses and egresses into businesses in the towns along the highway. Some say the lack of access could adversely and drastically affect the businesses.
Seramur said the area state representatives want to hear more from the public about the project to try to address many of the concerns being voiced about the project.
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