misty rain falls Monday in Richfield at Bilda’s Friess
Lake Pub at the intersection of highways 164 and 167. At
that same intersection, to the far right, this summer a
roundabout will be constructed which will force changes
to the lot Bilda’s is located on. The current main
entrance, front, will have to be moved about 260 feet to
the east so it will not interfere with the roundabout
once it is completed. The old main entrance will become
a grassy area.
RICHFIELD — This summer a
project to reconstruct and improve more than seven miles of Highway
164 in the village will also cause major entrance and parking
changes for a long-time business adjacent to the intersection of the
highway and Holy Hill Road.
Because a roundabout will be constructed at that intersection this
summer, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials have
ordered the main entrance to Bilda’s Friess Lake Pub to be closed
and replaced with a new entrance located about 260 feet to the east
of the current entrance.
The village’s Plan Commission will discuss that piece of the highway
improvement project when it meets Thursday night at the Village Hall
starting at 7 p.m.
“Since the WisDOT is the only governmental entity that controls
access to state highways they are mandating the move for safety
reasons,” said Village Administrator Jim Healy. “The access point
will be a 24-foot-wide drive lane. To match the new driveway
approach with the existing parking lot they are proposing to
feather-in and match a newly paved area. The parking area directly
north of the building where cars could enter the site from their old
access point will no longer have parking.”
Healy said the former access point will be closed and restored with
a grass boulevard. Parking stalls will be created along the
northernmost boundary, creating a 22-foot-wide drive lane to reach
the western parking area. According to WisDOT officials, the number
of parking stalls will not change.
Healy said staff agrees with the changes and believes they will
“unquestionably improve safety at this intersection.”
Healy said business owners Bob and Vickie Bilda have expressed
support for the plan.
“I’ve been given assurances by Wis-DOT officials, who are
professional engineers, that they will be personally overseeing the
construction occurring on this property,” he said.
Actual construction of the roundabout is expected to begin in early
June and take until late August. That work was planned to take place
at that time so it would not interfere with the area schools’
The Highway 164 rehabilitation project has an estimated cost of