Prairie du Chien plans informational meetings about Marquette Road project

The city of Prairie du Chien will host a series of meetings in November and December in an effort to work with local businesses that will be impacted by the Marquette Road project, which is scheduled to begin in March 2014. The Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the meetings. The first two informational meetings will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The first meeting will be held at noon in the City Hall Council Chambers, and the second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room. Representatives from the city, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Chamber of Commerce will be present to discuss the project and answer questions from the local business community.

If anyone is unavailable to attend one of the two meetings on Nov. 12, a second round of meetings will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Once again, the first meeting will be held at noon in the City Hall Council Chambers, and the second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room. Representatives from the city, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Chamber of Commerce will be present at the Dec. 10 meeting as well.

The meetings will cover a number of topics related to the Marquette Road project, including the proposed detour routes, the time line of the project (which is being divided into four phases), the policies regarding detour and directional signage, and ideas on helping local businesses adjust to the impacts of the project.

“We realize there are quite a few questions and concerns about the project, and it is certainly helpful to both the city and the DOT to have the Chamber of Commerce partnering with us to work with local businesses as the start of the project is appearing on the horizon,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We anticipate the project will last from March through November of next year, so we want to be pro-active in working with the local business community and helping them.”

“The chamber needs to be proactive and provide the necessary tools and support that our members need to make this transition go as smoothly as possible,” Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Moses said. ”We can definitely promote those businesses that will be affected by the road construction. We can advocate for those businesses, communicate the progress of the project and help the affected businesses with ideas on how they can promote their business during the road construction project.”

Kramer added that city staff is also working on a proposed series of meetings in February or March of next year to provide educational information to the public on how to drive safely in the roundabouts that will be part of the Marquette Road project. He said that staff is also working with the DOT and the chamber on scheduling a series of regular meetings with local residents and businesses during the actual construction period next year.

For more information, contact Kramer at 326-6406 or pdcadministrator@mhtc.net.

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