JUNCTION CITY (WAOW) -- A newly constructed 5-mile stretch of Hwy 10 running through Junction City is now open.
This is all part of a 31-mile expansion project connecting Marshfield to Stevens Point.
With this project, the south side of WIS-34 closes due to construction as highway crews will build new interchanges for access to WIS-34 North and South as well as a railroad overpass.
Kevin Garrigan, project manager, says because once the work is done traffic will bypass Junction City and the surrounding towns, speeding up your travel time. The new project, once completed, will also open up a four lane divided highway at 65 mph.
But not everyone is thrilled with the changes.
Benny Kiskoski owns Happy Days Cafe on Main Street in Junction City. He is afraid that the new traffic pattern will potentially lose him business. But he knows some things won't change.
"I have my locals. They support me, and I am dependant on them so thanks to them," Kiskoski said.
But he knows he can always advertise and he will take advantage of putting up signs on the new highway.
Garrigan estimates that the WIS 34 project will be completed by November 2011 and the entire expansion project will be completed sometime next year.