RHINELANDER - 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.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
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