Rhinelander Streetscape

City of Rhinelander

The reconstruction of downtown Rhinelander streets is well underway and the public can find out more at a meeting on Wednesday.

Officially titled the Rhinelander Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project, the city is replacing underground infrastucture on most of the main downtown streets this year, and will update the above ground portion next year. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says the meeting is to update the public as the project moves forward...

As the construction equipment roared behind them, federal state and local officials gathered Tuesday afternoon at the core of the Streetscape reconstruction in downtown Rhinelander to note the historic change.

Mainly using federal funding through USDA and the state of Wisconsin, the city will redo the underground infrastructure this year of most of the downtown, putting the final touches on the 20 block project in 2017.

Rhinelander mayor Dick Johns says the plan is to keep access for downtown businesses....


The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is hosting a session open to the public next month to gather ideas to help downtown businesses affected by this summer's 'Streetscape' project.


In less than 8 weeks, work will begin in downtown Rhinelander that could be the way the area looks for the next half-century. Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman and other city officials last evening update the public on the Streetscape project.

The project will upgrade the infrastructure beneath the downtown. The first work is scheduled to begin in April. Kingman says they initially didn't think they would be able to do everything that was on the community wish list, but that has changed.... 

Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.

The Rhinelander Downtown Improvement Project...commonly known as Streetscape...will begin in a few weeks and the city is hosting a public meeting next week to talk about the latest developments, including the project schedule, utility work, road closures and traffic control planned during the project.

President of the Board of Downtown Rhinelander, Incorporated, Dan Kuzlik, says the project's cost is lower than predicted and could result in more things included...


The city of Rhinelander is holding meetings to keep the public informed on next year's Streetscape project downtown.

The city will be redoing underground infrastructure in the downtown and then will be freshening the look on the main streets above ground.

Public Works Director Tim Kingman says last weeks meeting talked about the above ground additions...

".....these things relate to lighting, park benches, curbs and pavement. The things you see out on the top of the street...."


If all goes as presented, within three years, Rhinelander's downtown will have a new look that promoters hope will last for half of a century.

Months of planning and public meetings ended last night with a final presentation to the public and city council  about Rhinelander's Streetscape project.

The project will be roughly from the Wisconsin River on the west to Stevens Street on the east and Frederick street to the north. It would redesign the above-ground appearance of the downtown after the city does a major reconstruction of the below ground infrastructure.


The architects  formally revealed the compromise choice for the traffic pattern and design in a redeveloped downtown Rhinelander last night.  As part of a city and Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. project, the city will undertake underground reconstruction and the streets and sidewalks will be rebuilt through a redesign.

After a public meeting in April, the design team took the input and after several more meetings came up with a compromise, having two-way traffic with angle parking on one side, parallel parking on the other.

Applying for a $1.6 million dollar federal grant was approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday night. But it left questions in the minds of some council members.

If approved by the feds, the grant would be the initial money to redo the underground infrastructure along Brown Street and downtown. The grant would be for 2016 and 2017, a year later than earlier sought.

While the matter had been in two committees, council members Alex Young and Steve Sauer both objected to the speed which the large project...potentially $9 million dollars...was going through council...