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All lanes open to traffic in MinocquaSubmitted: 06/28/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

All lanes open to traffic in Minocqua
MINOCQUA - Visitors to Minocqua won't have to worry about road construction again until September.

Just in time for the Independence Day holiday, all lanes on Highway 51 will be open.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wanted to make sure the major tourist season was not slowed down by construction.

A spokesperson today told us that despite the variable weather, the plan is right on schedule.

The $4.6 million makeover will be complete in November.

Traffic had been narrowed to one lane each way since March.

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