Business 51 project moves forward amid continued interest from residents

Traffic along Church Street in Stevens Point on Oct. 10.  7. About 200 people gathered in October.  6 at Stevens Point Area Senior High to discuss the controversial Business 51 project, which will bring significant changes to the 3-mile Church and Division streets. Topics ranged from pedestrian safety to traffic volumes to the public's desire to keep roads four-lane.

STEVENS POINT — The city’s engineering firm will move forward with the next step in the planning process after nearly 200 people gathered at the Stevens Point Regional High School on Thursday to comment on the controversial Business 51 project.

While many attendees would like to see major changes to these redevelopment plans, so far there have been only minor changes to commercial access along the 3-mile stretch of Division and Church streets.

The city proposes to spend about $48.5 million to rebuild Business 51, which would include buying property, adding bike lanes, roundabouts, and reducing traffic lanes from two in each direction to one, while adding a middle in some parts of the road Left turn lane.

Preliminary design plans for AECOM’s northern, central and southern portions of the project were approved by the Stevens Point Commons Committee in September 2021. After Thursday’s meeting, they will complete 30 percent of the design plan before sending it back to the city for approval.

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