City Crews to Begin Intersection Upgrade Next Monday
Responding to a history of motorist safety issues, construction crews will begin work next week to modernize infrastructure quality, and motorist and pedestrian safety, at one of our busier traffic sites in our community.
Beginning Monday, May 22, the intersection of 8th Street South and East Grand Avenue will be closed for a variety of modifications, including:
- Dedicated left-turn lanes and improved traffic signals;
- Upgraded water main and sanitary sewer; and
- Enhanced pedestrian access and pavement markings
Assuming favorable weather conditions and scheduling factors, we anticipate that our crews will complete this project some time during September 2017.
The intersection of 8th Street South and East Grand Avenue will be closed for the duration of the project. Roadway closures will initially begin at Peach (northbound), 9th (westbound), Oak (southbound) and 7th (eastbound) streets.
A marked route will be provided for motorist traffic, which will be detoured away from 8th Street South onto Chestnut, Lincoln, Jackson, Market and Baker streets. Although pedestrians will be detoured away from crossing 8th Street South and East Grand Avenue, access to walkways adjacent to the construction site will be maintained.
This project will also slightly affect the route for the Cranberry Blossom Festival Parade, on Sunday, June 18. Instead of the parade coming down East Grand Avenue from 8th Street South to East Jackson Street, the route will proceed from Oak Street to 6th Street South, then back onto East Grand Avenue.
We are fortunate to have this project funded by the Highway Safety Improvement Program, a Federal-aid program designed to achieve significant reductions in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on public roads.
For more information regarding the status of this project, please contact Joe Eichsteadt, City Engineer, at 715-421-8251
Help Us Celebrate Fourth of July 2017 – Contribute to City Fireworks
We want you … to donate to Wisconsin Rapids Fourth of July fireworks.
If you have attended previous years’ fireworks celebrations in Downtown Wisconsin Rapids, you know this gala event brings together residents, as well as visitors from throughout the region, to celebrate our nation’s freedoms with an awesome pyrotechnic display.
But this dazzling spectacle costs $18,000. So, members of the Teen Fireworks Committee, a group of students from the four area high schools, have been contacting local groups and municipalities, and asking individuals to contribute to the fireworks – but our community needs your help, too.
To donate, visit www.invest.wirapids.org or send your contribution to:
Wisconsin Rapids Finance Department c/o The Fireworks Campaign 444 W. Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
And, to sweeten the deal: One dollar will be donated to Fourth of July fireworks every time you purchase cotton candy at a Rafters baseball game.
Do your part to continue our City’s glorious tradition. Make your contribution today for Wisconsin Rapids Fourth of July fireworks!
Thanks for reading,
Mayor Zach Vruwink