Comments Sought On Large Rhinelander Project Planned For 2019

Oct 1, 2018

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The City of Rhinelander is hoping to get the funds to upgrade Stevens Street, or business Highway 17, next year from north of the downtown to the beltway. The city has applied for a Safe Drinking Water Loan from the state.

Environmental Review Specialist for the DNR, Kevin Olson, is reviewing the process. The city has asked for the money to upgrade watermains on Wabash St. between Bruner and Arbutus streets, along with replacement of mains between Frederick St. and Highway 17 on the city's north side.

Olson says they've already determined the project will not have adverse environmental effects.

He outlines the program...

"....So we offer low interest loans that run from 20-30 years to help improve infrastructure throughout the state..."

Olson says the loans are at attractive rates for municipalities. The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program is is asking for public comments about the determination that the project will not have adverse environmental impacts.

Olson says based on the comments received they may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process. Olson says if some wishes to comment on environmental impacts of the project to contact him(608-266-9955) by phone or email him at

The city is hoping to get the funding from various sources and begin the project in 2019. The city completed a similar project in the downtown in 2017.