UPDATE: Major road construction begins Monday in Waunakee

By: Britni McDonald
By: Britni McDonald

UPDATED Sunday, May 4, 2014 --- 4:01 p.m.

The Highway 19 construction project is set to begin Monday, May 5th in Waunakee.

Highway 19, Highway 113 and County Q will be closed to through traffic and detoured.

Access to businesses and residences in the work zone will remain open to local traffic.

Work is expected to be complete in September.

To read more about the project, scroll down.

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POSTED Monday, April 21, 2014-- 5:45 p.m.

After years of planning, Village of Waunakee will begin their Together: Paving the Way project on May 1st through Sept 1st.

This $4 million project, combined by DOT and the Village, consists of a roundabout at Century Avenue and Main Street, street improvements from Holiday Drive to Division Street, utility repairs, and streetscape updates.

Street lights, poles, hanging flowers, benches, bike racks and cycling aid stations, trash receptacle and flower planters will all be added to the Village.

Village Administrator Todd Schmidt said this project is to help improve the lives of people that live and work in Waunakee.

"People who've lived here and done business here have been very successful," Schmidt said. "They are connected to Waunakee, they love Waunakee and I think this is going to give them much more reason to love it."

Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging to still shop local during construction. WaunaBUCKS, gift certificates that can only be spent at over 150 Chamber Member Businesses, begin May 1st and can be purchased at Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce located at 100 East Main St.

Special events will be held celebrating this project such as a Rock'n Ribs BBQ festival at Reeve Park on May 10th, chalk walk and movie night on August 20th.

The last event is an End of Construction Pavement Dance and Celebration on October 18th. Waunakee’s first pavement dance was held in August 1923, after the village's first asphalt streets and concrete sidewalks.

Executive Director of Waunakee Chamber of Commerce, Ellen Schaaf, said the dance will celebrate the new roads just like the celebration in 1923.

“We're going to recreate the historical significant of that,” Schaaf said. “Just make it a big celebration; have a ribbon cutting, entertainment, food, bring the community together to celebrate the new road.”

Chamber of Commerce has provided many sources such as http://togetherwaunakee.com to view the progress and any news of the construction process.


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