Heinzel said he expects the construction to be completed out front of his business in the next couple of weeks.
“The Chamber said it would be done by mid-May,” he added. “I’m glad it started on this end. First in and first out.”
Heinzel was referencing the two phases of the De Witt Street/U.S. Highway 51 project.
The project, which is being overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, has been split into two phases. The first is ongoing in downtown Portage from East Pleasant Street to Wisconsin Street.
The first phase includes replacing pavement and base materials on the road, improve the intersection at De Witt Street and Wisconsin Street and improving pedestrian crossings.
Stage two will include construction on Wisconsin Street/Highway 51 from Edgewater Street to Ontario Street. This work is expected to start in mid-May and continue throughout construction season with DOT planning the project to be completed in November.
The city is responsible for a little over $1 million in non-construction costs like parking stalls, street lights and bike racks. City Officials said they are planning to borrow $1.1 million to cover these costs.
The total cost of the project is just under $7 million, according to project manager Gregory Payne of the DOT. He said the project continues on schedule and has not run into any major issues in phase 1.