Wausau unveils plans for 2019 construction projects



WAUSAU - Drivers in Wausau will need to deal with closures on major east-west roads and a bridge over the Wisconsin River this summer.

On Wednesday, the city announced its plans for this year's construction projects.

Wausau will completely reconstruct more than a mile of Townline Road.

Work will also close parts of South First Avenue and Thomas Street, including the Wisconsin River bridge.

"It's going to be an inconvenience. There's no getting around that," said Mayor Robert Mielke. "But I always like to say, when this stuff is done, it's going to be great, so you got to look at it in that positive sense."

The cost of the work will be in the tens of millions of dollars, and detours will take traffic through downtown Wausau.

This year, Wausau will also decide whether to retool its aging water treatment plant for $30 million or build a new one for $40 million.

Mielke wants the city to build a new plant.

"We need to start looking long-term, 50-plus years, when it comes to these types of projects. That is part of that future vision of moving the city of Wausau forward," he said.

Once a plan is selected, work will start in 2020.