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.
WOODRUFF - Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport hosted a fun-filled day for family and friends on Saturday.
This comes about five months after one of its helicopters crashed, killing three Spirit employees.
Regional manager Charles Kotke said those men were in mind today,
"Today is a day of bringing people together, as well as a celebration of our 25 year anniversary," said Kotke. "This team did an amazing job getting us back to caring for our patients and doing what we need to do to care of our community."
Flight paramedics showed off the aircrafts to people and the helicopter was a big hit.
"They definitely like to look at the aircrafts. See how we transport patients from point A to point B," said Northern Region Supervisor Ryan Short.
Next Saturday, Spirit is celebrating with more associates. The second part of the celebration will be in Stevens Point.
A 16-year-old girl is missing from Sawyer County according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Angel Marie Simonson is reported as an endangered missing person. She is a white female, 5'7", and 220 lbs.
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