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DOT Considers Scaling Back Hwy 51 Construction Plan

Arbor Vitae may not be seeing changes to a section of Highway 51.

The Department of Transportation may limit a proposed construction project to Woodruff. 

North Central Regional Director Russ Habeck says the project has faced opposition from Arbor Vitae town officials and residents. 

“We’re kind of doing what the town asked us to do. We wanted them to sign a municipal agreement with us to maintain the sidewalk, and they didn’t feel they were able to do that at this time. So we’re kind of honoring their wishes and not going to move forward with the project.”

The DOT has wanted to make curb and gutter improvements, repair storm drains, and expand capacity at two intersections along Highway 51. 

Habeck says there will be a public information session on the revised plan after the first of the year.

Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2018.

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