March start hopeful for Marquette Road project

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By Correne Martin

The 2018 Marquette Road reconstruction project is slated to begin in the middle of Prairie du Chien this spring, according to city officials. To bring community members and business owners up to speed with the ins and outs of the project, a public construction meeting is planned for Thursday, Feb. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at city hall.

“We’re hoping it will start in March because the Michigan Street project is tentatively set to begin in June,” Interim City Administrator Chad Abram said. “Businesses (affected by the Marquette Road project) will receive separate letters about the Feb. 1 meeting.”

Then they will also be notified of meetings for detour routes, business assistance and signage, he said.

That’s where Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses and the Chamber comes into assistance.

“We expect to work with the businesses much the same as we did the last go-round (in 2014),” Moses stated. “We’ll have block captains to keep the lines of communication going strong. They’ll receive updates from the DOT and it’ll be their responsibility to reach out to the businesses on that block each week throughout the project.”

The chamber also intends to help the businesses with promotions to encourage and direct customers around the detours and into their places of business.

This year’s segments of construction on Marquette Road will focus on Mooney Street through LaPointe Street.

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