Stevens Point Achieves Milestone in Advancement of Business 51

Community Concerns Rising as Stevens Point Moves Forward with Business 51 Corridor Redesign

Stevens Point has made significant progress in the design plan for the Business 51 corridor redesign, completing 30% of the project. This milestone has sparked controversy among residents and business owners alike, with concerns about the potential negative impacts on their establishments.

One business owner, Cole Racine, who owns Belt’s Soft Serve in Stevens Point, has been closely monitoring the plan’s progress and noted an improvement in community involvement compared to a previous plan presented in 2012. Despite this progress, Racine 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 itself 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 and reminded 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.

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