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    Rice Lake street projects set for completion in 2024

    By Michelle Jensen,


    Work on city streets in Rice Lake will impact drivers and residents as a variety of projects — from maintenance to complete reconstruction — have been scheduled for completion in 2024.

    A stretch of East Gates Street between Kern Avenue and Main Street will be pulverized and paved, plus partially reconstructed. East Stout Street between Main Street and Lakeshore Drive also will be reconstructed.

    According to the engineering report, pavements and surface features are deteriorating on both streets and they have outdated underground utilities. Gates Street also contains an undersized water main, which will be upsized. Funding will come from the CIP budget, Rice Lake Utilities and special assessments.

    Gates and Stout streets are just two major street maintenance projects on the city’s Community Services list — several other projects also are slated for work over the summer.

    The following streets will be pulverized and paved:

    • Sawyer Street from the city limits to Main Street.

    • Wisconsin Avenue between Knapp and North streets.

    • West Eau Claire Street between Tainter and Cornell avenues.

    • Slocumb Street between Macauley Avenue and Main Street, and Manwaring and Kern avenues.

    • Reuter Avenue from Allen Street to Messenger Street.

    • Bracklin Street between Kern and Manwaring avenues.

    • Water Street from Main Street to Wilson Avenue.

    • Wilson Street between Water and Messenger streets.

    • John Street between Main Street and Macauley Avenue.

    Other projects• South Access Road west from Main Street to 230 feet west of College Drive/Red Cedar Bridge will be milled and paved.

    • The tennis courts will be reconstructed at Veterans Memorial City Park.

    • Main Street alleys will be repaved between Evans and Knapp streets. These were not touched last year as they did not impact the Main Street reconstruction project.

    The city sent letters to residents on affected streets after the City Council approved the projects and bids on April 9.

    “It will be a busy summer,” Community Services Director Jim Anderson said.

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