Work that will close a portion of Kemp Street in Rhinelander was approved Monday night by the Rhinelander city council.
The council authorized $6.3 million for what's called the interceptor project. It's tied in the the wastewater upgrades in the city. The council awarded the bid to Dorner, Incorporated who will contract with a local contractor to do the work.
The upgrades will mean much of Kemp Street east of Sutliff Avenue will be under construction and closed this summer.
City Administrator Blaine Oborn outlines the work area this year...
"....it's a two-year contract. We're doing this side of the river in 2013 and then we'll do Sutliff in 2014...."
Traffic will be able to access the downtown and areas east of the construction zone down Sutliff Avenue this year, then when Sutliff is under construction in next year, drivers can use Kemp Street.
Oborn says they will be doing a full rebuild, redoing the underground infrastructure under the streets. He thinks the work will begin soon.