ARBOR VITAE - A year from now an old stretch of road will have a brand new look.
It's just a one mile stretch of Old US 51 in Arbor Vitae, but a lot of work needs to be done.
All that future construction prompted an informative meeting tonight.
Complete resurfacing and reconstruction of the road will begin at the end of the school year in June.
The one mile stretch from US Highway 51 to Buckhorn Road goes right past Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school.
School safety is one of the main concerns for the project.
"Since the grade school moved in there we get a lot of congestion, a lot of traffic at the intersection of Old 51 and Hwy 51 plus traffic- parent's hauling their children. That intersection's all going to be wide and it's 3 lanes up to the entrance of the grade school," said town chairman Frank Bauers.
Many people are worried about trees near the road.
To make the road 4 feet wider on each side, trees will be cut down.
Bauers believes trees will be spared if possible.
"Wherever we can save a large tree we will, but I know from a history of working with logs, practically my whole life, that when you get a big white pine tree that's 24 inches or bigger, most of them have red rot in the middle. So it's an opportunity for people to get rid of some problem trees at no cost to them," said Bauers.
When work is done, Old Highway 51 will have improved asphalt and shoulders.
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
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