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Emergency crews plan around construction

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Drivers are finding they need a little extra time to get down Grand Avenue in Wausau. The construction zone is also forcing first responders to plan ahead.

Amidst all the construction, emergency vehicles still need to get through. When every second counts, lane closures can be a problem.

"Grand Avenue is probably the biggest thoroughfare throughout the city so having one lane in each direction is going to constrict traffic a little bit for the summer but it's nothing that we aren't able to manage and work around," said Wausau Police Lt. Nathan Pekarske.

First responders say they're working closely with the Department of Transportation to stay up to date on the Grand Avenue project. That way, they can plan ahead.

"There are a few alternate routes that we can take, short cuts and side streets that we may have to take to get around traffic and respond to calls but it's something we're prepared for," said Pekarske.

But in case they do have to take Grand Avenue, they need help to get through.

"In a construction zone, when there's only one lane and you don't have any place to pull over, continue on with your path and pull over to the right as soon as you possibly can," said Wausau Deputy Fire Chief Phil Rentmeester.

Emergency crews say they're used to planning around construction zones.

"It's something that happens somewhere in the city every summer, there's some road that's closed or detour," said Pekarske.

They say so far, this construction site hasn't caused any major delays for them.

Officers are reminding drivers the speed limit in this construction zone on grand avenue has changed. It's now 30 miles an hour.

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