No completion date set for New London project
By Scott Bellile
Motorists will need to seek alternate routes through northern New London beginning July 13, as a 1.25-mile stretch of North Shawano Street will shut down for construction that could last weeks or months.
North Shawano Street will close from Northridge Drive (where America’s Best Value Inn is located), continue north of city limits where the road becomes County Trunk Highway D, and end at Highway 45. Weather could delay the start date.
To access stores such as Wal-Mart and Piggly Wiggly, shoppers will need to turn west on Northridge Drive and travel around the block.
To get to locations north of the city, such as Shamrock Heights Golf Course, drivers will need to take the detour on Highway 45.
New London will not be responsible for costs because this is a Waupaca County Highway Department project, said Lisa Coombs, engineering specialist with Waupaca County Highway Department.
The contract amount for the project is $462,208.35. Eighty percent will be funded by federal dollars while 20 percent will be paid for by Waupaca County, Coombs said.
Lance Penney, deputy field operations manager for Waupaca County Highway Department, declined to set a finishing date for the project. He suggested three weeks to one month if all goes as planned.
“We want to get this done as soon as possible because we know we’re interrupting all the local businesses, and we have a lot of other work to do, too. So the sooner we get it done, the better,” Penney said.
Todd Niemuth, supervisor with Waupaca County Highway Department, expressed concern that the project may catch shoppers by surprise because he has not seen businesses display signs notifying customers about the project ahead of time.
Crews will work on Shawano Street Mondays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays could become work days if the project falls behind.