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Pictured at the event, in front, with shovels, from left to right: River Falls Mayor Dan Toland, City Planning Director Buddy Lucero, WisDOT Systems Planning Chief Tom Beekman, City Engineer Reid Wronski, WisDOT Northwest Region Director Don Gutkowski, River Falls City Council Members Jim Nordgren, David Cronk and Scott Morrissette, and H James & Sons employee Peter James. In back from left to right: John Medinger from State Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office, Karrie Jackelen from U.S. Representative Ron Kind...

Golden shovels mark official start of Radio interchange

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A few dozen folks gathered 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 along Chapman Drive near Hwy. 35 to commemorate the official dirt-moving start of the Radio Road Interchange project slated for completion in 2014.

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City Engineer Reid Wronski said at the groundbreaking that work begins along Paulson Road within the next week. Once built, the interchange will include on-off ramps, an overpass and roundabouts at the intersection of Radio Road and Hwy. 35.

Work will also include extending Paulson Road from the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park north to Radio Road. Construction crews are likely to close Radio Road by about July.

Officials and representatives from the City of River Falls, state DOT, county highway department, St. Croix EDC, River Falls Chamber and City Council, as well others attended the groundbreaking.

Pictured at the event, in front, with shovels, from left to right: River Falls Mayor Dan Toland, City Planning Director Buddy Lucero, WisDOT Systems Planning Chief Tom Beekman, City Engineer Reid Wronski, WisDOT Northwest Region Director Don Gutkowski, River Falls City Council Members Jim Nordgren, David Cronk and Scott Morrissette, and H James & Sons employee Peter James.

In back from left to right: John Medinger from State Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office, Karrie Jackelen from U.S. Representative Ron Kind's office, partially obscured is WisDOT employee Dave Solberg, Jim Krizan and Mike Murtha of the St. Croix County Highway Department, River Falls Chamber of Commerce Director Chris Blasius, and H James and Sons employee Joshua Nelson.

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