Road projects loom for Minocqua

Jul 8, 2015
Emily Bright

Minocqua supervisors Tuesday agreed to seek bids for four road projects that will cost about $430,000, but which will improve safety and relieve congestion at three intersections, as well as cover the cost of repaving one road hit hard by spring breakup.

Arbor Vitae may not be seeing changes to a section of Highway 51.

The Department of Transportation may limit a proposed construction project to Woodruff. 

North Central Regional Director Russ Habeck says the project has faced opposition from Arbor Vitae town officials and residents. 

Grant Hollingworth

Construction along Highway 51 is getting closer to completion.  But it will still be jamming up traffic and slowing business for a little while longer. 

“Here in Minocqua and there is lots of construction going on, lots of traffic and heavy equipment, whole lanes are torn up…” 

S Lampkin / US Air Force

A job training program is looking to help women and minorities join the construction trade.   

The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions- or TRANS program - starts later this month.  Coordinator Kim Kircher says the 120-hour course will cover everything from math skills to hands-on use of tools.    

“We try to prepare them for a trade in the construction field.  They have speakers come in – we have contractors come in, they have mock interviews, they do a resume.”

Grant Hollingworth

A main artery into Rhinelander will be closing soon and will be shut down for several weeks.

The city of Rhinelander is doing new utility lines and will extend the work down Kemp Street. Kemp is the southernmost of three bridges over the Wisconsin River in Rhinelander.

Water and Wastewater Superintendent Tim Kingman gives us an update as to closure dates.