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Possible reconstruction on highway 51 affects business ownerSubmitted: 02/28/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


ARBOR VITAE/ WOODRUFF - People got to a better understanding this week about a possible reconstruction to Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae and Woodruff.

But not everyone likes some of the changes.

The Wisconsin DOT had a public meeting Tuesday for community members about construction on Highway 51.

They're planning on fixing the pavement, curb, gutter and sewer drainage system.

They're also thinking about adding a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 51 and 70 east in Arbor Vitae.

That's by The Store gas station.

It's also by Ella's Restaurant.

The owner says the DOT wants to cut off his current entrance and relocate it off of Highway 70.

He says that would put him out of business.

"Bettering out streets, great they need to be done. Sidewalks, great need to be done. Eliminating access to businesses, no. That does not need to be done," said Ella's Restaurant owner/head chef, Steven Wheeler.

"You need to work it into the plan. However it happens, we need to work it into the plan because we don't want us to go under. I'm sorry we're just a smooth small businesses from top to bottom. But we're building the middle class of America and that's all it comes down to."

The DOT will have another public involvement meeting this summer.

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