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Big construction project set to begin in Oneida CountySubmitted: 09/01/2015
ONEIDA COUNTY - Drivers in Woodruff and Minocqua might want to avoid a popular shortcut soon. A several month long road project will start next week on County Highway J between Highways 51 and 47.

Last year, the intersection of County Highway J and Highway 51 was completely redone.

This project will build on that improvement.

"The road will be your normal road plus two five-foot bike lanes ľone on each side of the road," says Oneida County Highway Commissioner Freeman Bennett. "We're going to actually have curb and gutter, storm sewer run from Highway 51 easterly to Oak Street and then [there will] be some underground drainage systems going down as far as Hanson Road, but there will be no curb and gutter."

The total project will only fix less than a mile of road, but it'll take until November to complete and it's expensive.

"This road actually will come in $1,162,000 and the county will be responsible for $233,000 of that," says Bennett.

The rest of the project will be paid for by federal grants.

The road will stay open during construction.

"The road will not be shut down completely," says Bennett. "There will be through traffic allowed to travel through there. We would ask that people try to avoid the area if possible because there can be a lot of heavy equipment in there."

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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