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DOT exploring two flow options to help traffic navigate Rhinelander roundabout constructionSubmitted: 06/21/2018
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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DOT exploring two flow options to help traffic navigate Rhinelander roundabout construction
RHINELANDER - More than 10,000 cars pass through one of the area's busiest intersections each day: Highways 8 and 47 on Rhinelander's west side.  But next year, all those cars might need to go around the intersection as construction for a roundabout gets started.

The Department of Transportation is considering two options for traffic flow as crews build an approximately $2 million roundabout.

Option 1: the intersection largely stays open as a "T", but Kemp Street gets closed completely.

Option 2: widened off-ramps detour traffic around the intersection to Boyce Drive or Kemp Street.


DOT Project Supervisor Jed Peters knows drivers won't love either option during construction, but he believes Option 2 is better.

"It allows us to not be impacting the traveling public for that additional month, but it also, usually results in lower construction costs," Peters said.

Peters estimates the detour would shave a month from the construction schedule. That means it would finish in late September of next year instead of late October after starting in May 2019.

Still, the DOT wants everyone to be prepared for whenever the roundabout opens.

"The general Rhinelander area, this will be the first one in this area. But people are exposed to them in other places," Peters said.

You can tell the DOT how you feel about the detour options at a public meeting Tuesday night, June 26. The meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rhinelander City Hall.

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