WisDOT is making several improvements on US 12 and WIS 54 in the city of Black River Falls. The project includes:
BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Work is getting closer to completion on a construction project in Black River Falls. Traffic sometimes crawls along Main Street in Black River Falls, but project manager Al Rinka said it’s worth it.
“Aesthetically it’s a great asset for any city to have running through their downtown. It just makes people want to come downtown, and stop into the local businesses and stroll up and down the streets,” said Rinka.
The $2.5 million construction project includes work on Highway 54 and Highway 12/27 in downtown Black River Falls. Workers are patching the pavement, replacing worn spots of concrete and putting in new asphalt.
Construction on the project started May 28th with a completion deadline for this Friday, and Rinka said workers will meet that deadline.
“Given the extra challenges that we came across, and the high heat we had last week crews were able to stay on track,” said Rinka.
Some businesses said they think the work was needed, but they’ll be glad when construction is finished.
“I didn’t know how it was going to be when it first started, because they had all of our parking out front here closed off, but actually it was better, because it put more people afoot,” said Ron’s Barbershop owner Ron Bangart.
“Most of our customers are local, so they know ways around the construction. The construction company has been very good about communicating with us,” said Jackson County Bank president John Drace.
The city administrator said the work was needed, because of bad concrete joints in the downtown area.