Minocqua Businesses Deal With Highway 51 Construction Submitted: 05/06/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

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MINOCQUA - Every year, we welcome spring and summer and accept road construction season along with them.

If you've traveled through Minocqua lately, you already know Highway 51 is a mess.

Some residents aren't too thrilled about it, but business owners say they'll just have to work with it.

Weather and road construction has been one of the main issues for business owners in Minocqua.

"Beautiful days we've been busy and the snowy days when it's suppose to be beautiful it's been snowing instead," Chequamegon's Adventure Company Owner, Andrew Teichmiller said.

"So it's been a little slower, but overall things have been alright."

Some business owners says they can't wait for the outcome, but others were against it since day one.

"We're in a complex of nine other stores and we had originally four driveways. We're going down to two," said Chocolates and More co-owner Cathy Bosacki.

"They were only going to give us 45 foot openings and we're getting a 65 foot opening to help get people in and out also for semi's and drivers deliveries. It will be a little bit easier, but it's still going to be tight."

With the new features that Minoqua will have, Teichmiller says it will be great for summer time.

"For us as a bike shop we're really excited because we're actually going to get a bike lane through town and right by our store. That'll be great." Teichmiller said.

But not everyone is for it.

"For people to get out it's going to be a little bit harder because there is no lights to stop anybody to let them in and out," said Bosacki.

"You're going to have to be very defensive driving to get out."

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