Businesses affected by Hwy. 67 project invited to meeting

By Ryan Billingham - Enterprise Staff

June 18, 2015

OCONOMOWOC — The Highway 67 reconstruction project is in full swing with portions of the road closed, traffic patterns shifting and access to businesses in the corridor changed.

In response to business community concern, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the city of Oconomowoc and the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce will hold an event to help foster teamwork between Highway 67 businesses, in hopes of facilitating dialogue and solutions.

“We are inviting businesses impacted by the Highway 67 construction to discuss collaborative and creative marketing strategies to entice customers,” said Brian DeNeve, WisDOT southeast region communications specialist.

Katie Miller, director of the chamber, said the meeting is about helping business owners to meet one another, share concerns and most importantly encourage collaboration during the construction period, which is estimated to last until September 2016.

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Highway 67 project office, 230 Corporate Center Drive, Friday, June 26.

DeNeve said access is being maintained to all businesses during the project, and it is on schedule.

“Traffic signal timing has also been adjusted to accommodate the traffic patterns at the intersection of Valley Road and Highway 67 and along the corridor,” he said. “We’ve also provided directional sheets to those affected businesses, detailing routes to their location. The businesses can provide this info to their customers electronically or in print form.”

He said it is important to emphasize the meeting will be about businesses taking action.

“WisDOT is simply providing the venue while assisting the city and chamber in facilitating the dialogue,” he said. “Businesses need not be chamber members to attend.”