City launches website for 2014 Marquette Road project

In 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will reconstruct nearly one mile of Marquette Road, from Mooney Street to Washington Street in Prairie du Chien. The project is scheduled to begin in April and conclude in November. During the time the project is underway, there will be several detour routes for motorists to follow.

Once completed, Marquette Road will feature three roundabouts, at Blackhawk Avenue, Iowa Street and Wisconsin Street. This will be the first roundabouts in Prairie du Chien, and both the DOT and City of Prairie du Chien are encouraging motorists to become familiar with the rules and guidelines for navigating roundabouts. The City will host a public information meeting in February or March of 2014 to provide a forum for motorists to learn more about driving through the roundabouts.

To assist the public in navigating the detour routes, providing updates on the construction project, and providing information on driving through roundabouts, the city has launched a website dedicated to the project: www.prairieduchien.info/marquetteroad.html.

“During the course of the project, we will provide construction updates and other important information on this webpage, so please check back often,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “The website will also provide an opportunity to send questions directly to us and the Wisconsin DOT about the project. Our biggest goal right now is to get as much information out there as possible, and we appreciate any feedback on how we can improve our efforts to reach that goal.”

The city of Prairie du Chien will be hosting 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. The first two informational meetings will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The first meeting will be held at noon in the Council Chambers of City Hall, and the second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. that day in the Community Room at City Hall. 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 Council Chambers of City Hall, and the second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. that day in the Community Room at City Hall. Representatives from the city, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Chamber of Commerce will be present at the Dec. 10 meeting, as well.

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

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