U.S. 51

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The Department of Transportation is hosting a meeting Tuesday(3/17) evening to spell out its plan for improvements to U.S. 51 between 3rd Street and Wisconsin 70 east in the towns of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae.

A Project Manager for the D.O.T., Jed Peters, says the meeting is to present their preferred alternative that addresses Highway 51's pavement and operational needs.

He says they would like to reconstruct Highway 51 to five lanes similar to what was done in Minocqua...

 

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The Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting later this month to look at construction of U.S. 51 in Woodruff and Arbor Vitae.

While work in Minocqua happened last year, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae officials have questioned the D.O.T. plans.

DOT spokesperson Kristin McHugh says they want to talk about the current and future needs of the federal route...

 

A semi-tractor trailer crash on U.S. 51 this morning is forcing the re-routing of traffic in Vilas county.

Sheriff Joe Fath says U.S. 51 will be closed at the Spider Lake bridge after the mishap. He says power lines are across the road. The power company is at the accident scene making repairs. Fath expected traffic to be detoured into the early afternoon.

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The DOT has set a public hearing date for later this month to take comment on the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 51 in Hazelhurst and Cassian.

Minocqua's portion of the road work is being done this year. Hazelhurst to the south of Minocqua and Woodruff to the north have both challenged the DOT concerning plans in those towns, as has Arbor Vitae in Vilas county.

DOT Project Leader Forrest Van Asten says the meeting will give the state input...