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North Elm to receive road extension

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Road improvement projects are still a priority for the City of Marshfield. The contract for the resurfacing of Banning Street has a new addition – a road extension project for North Elm Street.

“We’ve always had a running list of things that have needed to be improved, but we’re going to be working on an overall plan for road improvement in the city,” said Mayor Natalie McNish. “This is still a priority for the upcoming year and we have a few projects that will be completed this year.”

The new addition to Elm Street will connect Elm from Patriot Park to Highway CC. However, the road extension isn’t the only addition to the area. The city plans to have a concrete trail will run alongside the new Elm extension and connect the walking trail along the new Highway CC corridor.

“This will really enhance our investment along the new I-44 and Highway CC corridor. I think it will open up additional development and will also streamline another way into town,” said Sam Rost. “It’ll really streamline visitors to our school system, especially the high school.”

Along with the new extension, the Banning Street resurfacing project is still in progress and will be completed in increments.

“There were several areas that were in disrepair along Banning… We could have gone in and just paved over it to last a year or five years but the longevity of the road is based on the sub grade,” said City Administrator Sam Rost. “What is there now is definitely not the finished product but it’s much better prior to the project beginning. It’ll be resurfaced from the new roundabout all the way to Spur Drive.”

Both projects are slotted to be finished by Oct. 31 of this year, subject to weather or crew delays. The concrete trail is set to go in along Elm Street to connect to the walking trail on highway CC in 2022 due to labor and lack of contractors who can find laborers.

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