Upgrades coming to Business 53

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LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Village of Lake Hallie and its business community are working together to get a new road reconstruction project up and going.

The Lake Hallie Board President says the public is enthusiastic about the upcoming changes, and says there are a lot of good ideas on how to make Business 53 a friendlier road for everyone.

In 2012, the state of Wisconsin transferred the jurisdiction of Business 53 to the Village of Lake Hallie. The village received close to 4.1 million dollars for reconstruction and maintenance of the road, between Highway OO and Melby Street. The village and public met on Tuesday to discuss the changes.

Lake Hallie Village President John Neihart says the board decided the road will be completely replaced. It was built in the mid 1950's and is deteriorating.

Neihart says details are still being figured out, but it is possible some intersections will be gaining cross walks and new stop lights; possibly roundabouts.

He says the project could create a brand new intersection for 115th Street just north of Melby off Business 53.

“There were some positive comments, that they (the people) would like to see the road be more urban, they would like additional lighting at night; it is fairly dark in some areas, there are no street lights out there,” explained Neihart.

He says the contractors will come up with possible three designs for the road that will be presented at another public forum.

Neihart says the board hopes to have a final design set by fall of 2014.

With construction beginning in the summer of 2015, an upgraded Business 53 would be ready for traffic in the fall of that year.

During the reconstruction, Neihart says one lane of the road will be open both ways.

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