In the coming weeks, Tomahawk drivers will see signage for alternate routes off of North 4th Street.
Last night the city Board of Public Works recommended that crews look into setting up those routes as early as next week. The reason is two fold, as it would get drivers used to the routes which will eventually be the detour during summer road work, while also alleviating some of the traffic off of North 4th Street which is in desperate need of repairs.
Public Works director Mike Tolvstad presented the plan to the Board at that meeting. He noted that North 4th will remain open at this time and it just gives drivers an alternative. The eventual route will send northbound traffic onto 5th Street, and southbound traffic onto 3rd Street.
They will also adjust the stop signs along that route, allowing North/South Traffic to flow. It was also suggested that an all-way stop be put in at 5th and Lincoln during the duration of the project.
Board members also expressed concern about parking along the streets on the alternate routes and this will allow crews to get an idea of whether it will be an issue.
This summer the city is preparing to work on North 4th Street from Somo Avenue (the Four Way Stop) up to the new Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. These alternate routes would become the detour when 4th Street is closed for construction.
We will hopefully be able to get Mike Tolvstad in studio at some point next week to discuss further details.