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Part of Rib Mountain Drive reconstruction on hold after state cuts funding

Cars turn onto Rib Mountain Drive from the Wal-Mart parking lot
Cars turn onto Rib Mountain Drive from the Wal-Mart parking lot

RIB MOUNTAIN, Wis. (WSAU) – Rib Mountain will be moving forward with half of their planned reconstruction projects on Rib Mountain Drive next year.

The change came at a special town board meeting this afternoon where supervisors were informed of a reduction in state funding for the overall project. They also approved contracts and bids for a good portion of the work that was already funded. Supervisor Fred Schaefer says they'll be working on a rebuild of the main drag from Oriole to Morning Glory Lanes. “That's from about Wal-mart up to Barnes and Noble.”

That work already started this summer when crews moved and buried a number of power lines under the existing pavement. Schaefer says phase two of that project starts in the spring. “We want to add sidewalks and really make the roadway safer for people coming in and out of businesses.” They'll be added controlled access to the median as well as retuning stoplights.

As for the rest of Rib Mountain Drive, Schaefer says that's up in the air. “Now we have to either wait or go looking for other funding, other grants.” The rest of the construction would run from the I-39 Interchange up to IGA on either side of the scheduled work.