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UPDATE: Public Meeting Set To Discuss Highway 38 Project

Part of this project would cut right through farmland and that has village board members pretty nervous.

UPDATE: A public meeting will be held to discuss Highway 38 at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave.

The Village Board will send a letter asking the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to delay any further action on the STH 38 from 6 Mile Road to Oakwood Road.

While they support part of the project, there's a southern section of the project that they want to have more discussions with the DOT on. The current estimated project cost is $125 million for both sections.

The state plans to go out for bid for the design of this 9-mile reconstruction and expansion project, which is slated to be constructed in 2016 for the northern section and 2021 for the southern section.

Tom Lebak, the Village Administrator, said he's had discussions with DOT officials.

"The entire project was approved (at the state level)," Lebak said. "I was told that it could put the entire project at risk if the south section isn’t agreed on."

Mike Hayek, the village engineer, said if the state is going to put the project up for bid, the cost would be about $11 million.

"If the money gets spent, the Governor won't turn back," Hayek said.

Lee Wishau, a Village Board member, said he was at a County meeting where he voiced concerns about where the road would be placed because it would mean cutting through farmland.

Mike Itzenhuiser August 03, 2011 at 04:43 PM
I agree with Karen Itzenhuiser. What a ridiculous project to even consider! If you need a straighter shot to get to town, use HWY 31. What's wrong with people? It's not just farmland that they would be using...there are houses that they would need to destroy too. I know people that have been contacted already and told that they would get market value for their house and land. Market value? You've got to be kidding! If money must be spent, then use it to fix HWY 32. Now that's a road that needs work. Clean up what really needs improvement and quit wasting our money!
Brian Dey August 03, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Kathy- You have repeatedly in your posts argued against ANY kind of development so we all know where loyalties are (Not in my backyard). So with all due respect, Hwy 38 reroute will do more to benefit saving greenspace than you think. It will provide a more business friendly route to the industrial park (which isn't even a third built out and follows the land use plan for commercial development). The landowners will be compensated (or if they put up a huge hissy fit, the state will declare eminate domain). The existing 38 had to be done either way to serve the four subdivisions and homeowners already there. Not a waste at all and was taken into consideration during the planning of the new 38. I've seen this happen before in Marinette and Oconto County with the expansion of Hwy 141.
Kathy Aschebrock August 04, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Brian Dey, First of all the new plans for Hwy 38 would move it farther away from my home sooo your assumption of NOT in my backyard ,Just isn't working here for ya. It's a about wasteful spending, I have a Question for you, Is your Property ever truly Yours? We should all just pay our taxes and if someone want to take our property we should JUST bend over and GRAB our Ankles? Should we do it with a SMILE? Whats the fair Market today vs. a few years ago, Bet anyone of us wouldn't be happy with their Fair Market offer.
rudi wendt August 05, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Kathy,I really loved your comment.I can not help comparing everthing I am reading here to how we have gotten screwed by the LYING WE ENERGIES.By way we are not smiling while grabbing our ankles.
Peter Mcfarland September 09, 2011 at 06:57 AM
i live on hwy 38 near 4 mile.I bought my property in 2004 because I liked the area.It wasn't the house.I lost land 2 yrs ago and now it may happen again.I had probably the smallest yard to start with ,just under 3/4 acre now .59 acre.If it happenings again maybe just foreclose like everyone else.

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