- Drivers in Rhinelander will soon breathe a sigh of relief. The Kemp Street construction will be completed in the next few weeks.Crews are replacing old and leaking sewer systems. The replacement will actually save the water department money.
"Several years ago, the city planned to replace a number of sewers in the city because they were aged and they were collecting a lot of clear water which is something we end up treating own at our treatment plant and it costs money," says Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman.Kemp Street isn't the only street under construction. But crews are working to open Kemp Street by October 1st. They're focusing on completing it first because it is a main thoroughfare in the city."What we are seeing out on the street, in sunny weather, is that we might be done a little earlier than that. However, we always have those cloudy days and that will inhibit the progress of the work," Kingman adds.They hope to have other streets completed by the beginning of November. It's a $6.3 million project. But the taxpayers will not have to pay for it. Public works received $2.5 million in grant money. The rest of the money will come from low interest loans. More streets will undergo sewer replacement construction next spring.
Written By: Lauren Stephenson