Stevens Point Achieves Milestone in Advancement of Business 51

Stevens Point’s Business 51 corridor redesign has reached a significant milestone with the completion of 30% of the design plan. This achievement was met with controversy among residents and business owners, who have expressed their concerns about the potential negative impacts on their establishments.

One such business owner is Cole Racine, owner of Belt’s Soft Serve in Stevens Point, who closely monitored the plan’s progress. Racine noted an improvement in community involvement compared to a previous plan presented in 2012, but still expressed concerns about how the proposed reduction of lanes could affect access to businesses.

Mayor Mike Wiza acknowledged these concerns and emphasized that business owners understand their traffic flow best as it directly impacts their livelihood. The plan aims to transition from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction, with an additional turning lane. While studies suggest that reducing lanes can improve safety, nothing has been finalized yet.

Elements such as driveway locations and raised medians are still flexible and subject to change based on feedback. Wiza stressed the importance of community input in the decision-making process, reminding residents that avenues for providing feedback are open through contacting city officials or local alderpersons. This public viewing at Pacelli High School may be the last until the plan is presented for council approval.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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