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Dozens of people attend Grand Avenue construction project meeting

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One of Wausau's busiest streets will get a makeover. A project to resurface Grand Avenue is just around the corner.

Neighbors learned about how the nearly $3 million project will impact them. Some of them say the improvements are needed but it's going to be an inconvenience.

King Forbes lives off Grand Avenue in Wausau. For the last 35 years, driving on that street has been a daily occurrence. 

"Probably 3 or 4 times a day I go down that road," said Forbes. 

But now that drive may take him a little longer. 

"I'm just concerned that it's going to create a back-up in the neighborhood," said Forbes. 

Starting April 28th road crews will be resurfacing Grand Avenue between Kent Street and Division Street. They'll also replace the lighting system, make space for bikers, and remove the median. 

"It has to be fixed eventually ,right now we're trying to get some additional life out of this pavement, we realize there's a lot of traffic but there's just stuff that needs to be done," said project manager, Richard Simon. 

State transportation officials say they want to minimize the impact as much as possible for drivers.

So they're breaking this project into pieces. 

"Stage one goes from Kent Street to Townline or County N and the second job goes from Townline to Division, so we do the first half and stage one we'll do basically the outside lanes first than the inside lanes once that's 100 percent done than we'll switch and go to the North," said Simon. 

During construction -- one lane of traffic in each direction will stay open. 

"There's definitely going to be some congestion we're going to do some minor adjustments with side roads we're going to close some of the side roads to minimize and reduce turning movements to help improve the flow," said Simon. 

A flow that may be slower than usual for Forbes but he says this project is needed. 

"Just plan a little more time to go in and out and do the job I have to do to get going, it needs to be done," said Forbes. 

The entire project is expected to wrap up by October.

People also learned the road will have a temporary reduction in the speed limit during construction of 30 miles per hour.


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