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Wausau to resurface Thomas St. for $107,000

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – Wausau will spend about $107,000 to fix deteriorating West Thomas Street, which is targeted to be rebuilt but that work is unlikely to happen for at least three years, a top city official said Tuesday.

Public Works Director Brad Marquardt said a one-inch asphalt layer will be placed on the street from the Wisconsin River to 17th Avenue, about 1.5 miles. The money will come from the department's budget by changing some priorities, and the earliest the work could begin is mid-June, he said.

The city council's Capital Improvement Committee recently approved the project, which is expected to take about six days to complete using city crews and renting some equipment. The road will remain open with one lane and flag men will be used instead of detours, Marquardt said.

The project is described as putting a “skin patch” on the street, according to city documents.

“It is a procedure we use on many streets that help prolong the life,” Marquardt said. “We should be good for three to five years. It is going to smooth out the surface and keep our crews from having to go out and fix the potholes on a regular basis.”

Rebuilding and widening West Thomas Street, which weaves through a combination of commercial and residential property, has been in the planning stages for years.

A consultant's most recent recommendation was to expand the street to four lanes from the Thomas Street bridge to Third Avenue and two lanes with a turn lane from Third Avenue to 17th Avenue. The city council has not yet acted on the recommendation.

Marquardt said that widening the street requires buying properties so no work can likely be done for at least three years.

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