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Reconstruction of Hwy 51, Hwy 47 intersection pushed back to 2018Submitted: 07/29/2014
WOODRUFF - Construction on the intersection of Highway 51 and Highway 47 in Woodruff will be pushed back to 2018. The project was supposed to start in 2017.

That's because DOT supervisors aren't sure how they want to reconstruct the road yet. They're looking at a few different design plans right now.

Project leaders want to make sure they pick the safest option. They also want more community input before they make a decision.

"The intersection will be constructed. It'll be a little bit larger and wider," explained WisDOT project development chief Matt Bronson. "We're working with the community to identify where the best locations for impacts would be to make a safe and efficient intersection."

Some of the plans to widen the intersection involve moving some of the businesses along the road. That's because the intersection was reconstructed in the 90s and trucks weren't as big as they are today. Now, trucks have a hard time turning at the intersection.

"In order to reduce impacts at that time, some of the radiuses were built smaller than the trucks of today. Trucks are longer today and we're going to be designing [the intersection] so we can meet the needs of the larger trucking industry," said Bronson.

Project leaders are working with business owners in the area to make sure they're impacted as little as possible.



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Right now, some of the cost for equipment gets passed on in per-unit energy charges. WPS wants to raise the fixed cost to $25 per month to better reflect delivery costs.

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CRANDON - People in Crandon could vote a new mayor into office Tuesday night after holding a recall election of current Mayor Rob Jaeger.

The recall comes after a group started collecting signatures in May. The small group lead by Larry Alsteen collected enough signatures for the recall.

The city council needed to order the recall as a formality under Wisconsin law. The council eventually ordered the recall after originally splitting its vote in June.

Cindy Bradley has worked as the Crandon city clerk for 17 years. She says they've seen a steady turnout throughout the day.

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The Woodruff Police Department was called to Indian Mounds boat landing about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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Medical personnel at the scene told officers the victim had died, and the coroner was called.

An autopsy will be performed.

No name will be released until the victim is positively identified.


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