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From Controversy to Collaboration: Stevens Point Business 51 Corridor Redesign Update

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Stevens Point Achieves Milestone in Advancement of Business 51

Stevens Point has made significant progress in its plans to redesign the Business 51 corridor, with 30% of the design plan now completed. This milestone has sparked controversy among residents and business owners, who are closely monitoring the project’s progress.

Cole Racine, owner of Belt’s Soft Serve in Stevens Point, attended an open house held at Pacelli High School to view the proposed redesign. He noted an improvement in community involvement compared to a previous plan presented in 2012. However, concerns still exist among business owners about the potential negative impacts on their establishments. There are worries about how the proposed reduction of lanes could affect access to businesses.

Mayor Mike Wiza acknowledged these concerns and emphasized that business owners understand their traffic flow best as it directly impacts their livelihood. The plan aims to transition from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction, with an additional turning lane. While studies suggest that reducing lanes can improve safety, nothing has been finalized yet.

Elements such as driveway locations and raised medians are still flexible and subject to change based on feedback. Wiza stressed the importance of community input in the decision-making process, reminding residents that avenues for providing feedback are open through contacting city officials or local alderpersons. This public viewing at Pacelli High School may be the last until the plan is presented for council approval.

By Samantha Jones

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