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Meeting Wednesday for Highway 67 reconstruction

Road widened to six lanes, I-94 bridges reconstructed

Feb. 11, 2013

City of Oconomowoc - The state Department of Transportation wants your input on a major reconstruction of Highway 67 slated for 2015-16. The project includes widening the road and reconstructing the Highway 67 bridges over I-94.

An open-house meeting with maps and information is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

The project team will be available to answer questions and take comments and concerns.

The DOT first announced plans for the road work in 2011. The project scope includes:

Reconstruction of Highway 67 from Delafield Road to Thackeray Trail

Reconstruction of Highway 67 bridges over I-94

Widening Highway 67 from I-94 to Oconomowoc Parkway to six lanes (expandable to eight lanes)

Widening Highway 67 to six lanes from Oconomowoc Parkway to Lexington Drive

Widening Highway 67 from Lexington Drive to Summit Avenue to five lanes

Reconstructing Summit Avenue to Thackeray Rail, but keeping the road four-lanes-wide

If you can't attend the meeting, contact Michael Pyritz at (262) 548-8759, or michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov.

Thackeray extension

The city is studying an extension of Thackeray Trail from Silver Lake Street to Summit Avenue at the same time as the Highway 67 reconstruction. City Public Works Director Mark Frye said it would be opportunistic to extend Thackeray while the area is under construction.

The city has been studying extending Thackeray since 2011. A group of residents in Whitman Hills Park subdivision are against the idea.

In November, the city met with residents to show them plans for the project. The extension would have to go through wetlands, and the city has been working with the state Department of Natural Resources on the matter. Beyond connectivity, a stormwater problem exists in the area. Officials said the work would alleviate flooding problems.

Whitman Park Hills residents continue to oppose the Thackeray project. They regularly attend council meetings, wearing red to signify their desire to see the city stop or slow down on the project. They have said they agree flooding should be solved, but are not in favor of the road extension they said will increase traffic and reduce the quality of life in their subdivision.

Frye did not return an inquiry on the project status by press time.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 12, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. The buffet style fish fry includes both baked and fried cod with French fries, German and American potato salad, coleslaw, rye bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, four-bean salad, and coffee and milk. Soda, beer and desserts are available for an additional cost. Carryout available: Call 569-3032 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5-$9

“Not Now Darling”: through Feb. 14, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. www.lakecountryplayhousewi.org, (262) 367-4697

Hot Tango: 7 p.m. Feb. 12-13, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Accordion sensation Stas Venglevski, pairs up with Rosa Borisova on cello, Mark Carlstein on piano, and Joe Ketchum on violin offering classical and jazz elements of the traditional tango. Dinner option available. $15-$40.

 

K2 Valentine’s Piano Concert: 3 p.m. Feb. 14, Fox River Congregational Church, N34 W23575 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. K2 stands for Kostia and Kostia the world-renowned musicians of the same name. Both considered prodigies of their time, the two pianists hail from St. Petersburg, Russia and are playing a free concert in order to help collect food items for the local food pantry in Pewaukee. Traditional Russian teas and cookies will be offered for a nominal fee. 

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