Rice Lake’s Main Street Bridge will be closed to traffic Thursday, July 18, into Friday, July 19, as cement is poured for a new deck, according to the Rice Lake Department of Community Services.
“Due to the limited space at the Main Street Bridge construction site, the bridge will need to be closed for navigating cement trucks in order to pour concrete for the east bridge deck,” according to a press release from the department.
Traffic on Main Street will be detoured off Main Street from Allen Street to Messenger Street starting on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. until approximately 9 a.m. on Friday. Rain may postpone this work by 24 hours.
The detour route for northbound traffic of Main Street will be the same as previous closures: Main to Allen, Allen to Wisconsin, Wisconsin to Messenger, and Messenger back to Main Street. For southbound traffic the detour route will just be reversed. Detour route for Stein Street. will be through the park entrance off Charles Street.
“Please be aware that piggyback to the deck pour, separate contractors will also be completing a water excavation for the addition of Dairy State Bank, so there will be additional work being performed on Main Street between Highland Street and Messenger Street. This work is being timed in conjunction with the deck pour to avoid having another street closure in the future,” said Community Services Department director Jim Anderson.
“Detour routes are designed to be followed for safety,” he advised. “Taking a short cut on a side street through a neighborhood puts you and the public at a higher risk for an accident so please be neighborly and stay on the detour route This is the neighborly thing to do.”
“I apologize for any inconvenience, but for the safety of the workers and the general public, this closure is unavoidable,” said Anderson. “Please follow the posted speed limits and as an added reminder; it is illegal to be using a cell phone while driving through a construction zone in the State of Wisconsin, so please refrain from doing so.”