Lincoln Avenue Re-Opens Thursday Night

Completion of the STH 42/Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project will be marked with a ribbon-cutting and refreshments this Thursday, October 19, at 5:00 PM.

The event will be held in front of Krajnik Chevrolet, 3303 Lincoln Avenue, near the north end of the project.

This nearly $5 million project has taken about seven months to complete.  Everything above and below the surface of this one-mile stretch of roadway was replaced:  new water and new sanitary sewer mains, new and improved stormwater systems, new street lighting, pavement, sidewalks and bike lanes.

The bike lanes and sidewalks provide safe bike and pedestrian facilities from 22nd  Street to 34th Street, where they end and a new, off-street bike/ped trail begins.

Right now, that paved trail ends 550 feet to the north, at opposite 35th Place (end of the reconstruction project).  Next year, we expect to see that trail extended another mile to the north, completing the long-awaited trail connection to the Two Rivers High School campus.

There are also 67 new street trees being planted in the terraces along Lincoln Avenue.

Out of a roughly $5 million project budget, the City was responsible for just under $2 million in project costs:  $180,000 for roadway engineering and street lighting costs and about $1.7 million for underground utilities.

This project is a good example of state and local governments working together on infrastructure—something we need to see a lot more of, around Wisconsin and the nation.

In addition to DOT funding for most of the roadway costs, the City was able to tap low-interest loans from the DNR’s Environmental Loan Fund for both the water main (20 years at 1.87 percent) and sewer main (20 years at 1.76 percent, 30 percent principal forgiveness).

We appreciate the kind of State-local cooperation that makes projects like Lincoln Avenue possible.  Thanks to our partners in Wisconsin state government, at WisDOT and WDNR.

Kudos, too to the outstanding employees of project contractor Vinton Construction and its various subcontractors.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat on October 28

Two Rivers Main Street is the organizer for TR’s Downtown Trick or Treat event, on Saturday, October 28 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Join the hundreds of little ghosts and goblins for this annual pre-Halloween event.

Reminder of Trick or Treat Hours

Trick or treat hours on October 31 are from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Please observe the tradition of putting your front light on, if you wish to welcome trick or treaters.

…And Spooky Spectacular at Neshotah Park

After trick-or-treating, head over to the ball diamond at Neshotah Park for Spooky Spectacular, from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM.  There will be costume contest, candy find, games, hot chocolate and (weather permitting) a big bonfire!

Let’s Do It One More Time:  The Pumpkin House

For over 30 years, Ron and Donna Feest and family transformed the yard of their house at 816 17th Street into a scary/funny and magical collection of uniquely-carved pumpkins and invited the whole city over to enjoy it.

Just a few years ago, shuttle buses took families from Spooky Spectacular over to the Pumpkin House, while others trekked on foot to the house near the lake, to take in this TR Halloween tradition.  Police directed traffic in the neighborhood on Halloween night—it was that busy!

The tradition ended a few years ago.  Mrs. Feest passed away in 2014 and Mr. Feest this past summer.  His obituary noted that hosting the Pumpkin House was one of the great joys of his life.  And it brought great joy to at least two generations of kids who grew up in Two Rivers.

The Feests’ family and friends are working to bring one last Pumpkin House to Two Rivers, starting this Saturday, October 21 and running through Halloween.  If you wish to contribute a carved pumpkin to the display, you can drop it off at the house on the corner of 17th and Lincoln this Saturday, starting at 10:00 AM.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

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