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Construction very near, town of Neva residents continue offering road input
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With about two weeks before the heavy machinery rolls in to start a reconstruction project on Highway B from the Highway 45 intersection east a little more than a mile to Chilie Road, Neva Corners residents are still busy.

They are still working to get things what they call “right.”

“By the grace of God, we stopped the road from being narrowed,” Tom Sikora, a longtime Neva resident and businessman said today. But it has been a battle that continued into Thursday afternoon when a meeting was held with members of the Langlade County Board’s Highway Committee and representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Ayres and Associates, the engineering firm that drew the plans for change Neva Corners intersection, Highway Commissioner Tim Rusch and a gallery that included about a dozen people.

Sikora, who runs Quinn’s, a popular tavern and banquet venue, and Pam Becerra, who operates the Neva Grocery and Coffee Corner, have been working with town officials and residents, Ayres, Rusch and the county’s highway committee to make changes they suggest will make the new intersection and re-routed roadways more safe.

“It has been a two-year battle,” Sikora said, citing the original plan.

Sikora said local residents who park on Highway A and use the tavern, grocery and coffee shop, could have been at greater risk.

Becerra said truck drivers stop in front of the store and dash in for snacks, sandwiches and coffee as they transport farm and forest products from as far away as Upper Michigan. Those bigger trucks offered a threat, both she and Sikora argued.

This is a substantial project costing well over $1 million and will change how traffic flows through Neva Corners.
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Troy Robillard, left, associated with Ayres and Associates, discusses road design with Jerry Aulik, a member of the town of Neva government, Thursday.
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