Partners cut ribbon on CascadePeople involved in the Cascade Avenue reconstruction project gathered the morning of Friday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the project with a ribbon cutting.
By: Debbie Griffin, River Falls Journal
People involved in the Cascade Avenue reconstruction project gathered the morning of Friday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the project with a ribbon cutting.
The road is set to open within weeks, and the group gathered first on the lawn of South Hall, where River Falls Mayor Dan Toland, UW River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen and WisDOT Northwest Region Planning Chief Tom Beekman shared thoughts about the major, multi-million project and all that is accomplished with its completion. Improvements include a more aesthetically pleasing corridor, better pedestrian safety, roundabouts, landscaping, and replacement of 70-year-old infrastructure.
All credited City Engineer Reid Wronski, the project’s lead manager, for all his work over five years to get the project completed. The group gave Wronski the honors of cutting the official ribbon for Cascade.
The group first had to staple the bright red ribbon back together to cut it; someone on inline skates had come through it while the group listened to event speakers. Once the ribbon was cut and since vehicle traffic is not yet allowed on the roadway, the group WeBike River Falls christened it with a short bike ride.
Pictured left to right: City Council Member Christopher Gagne, River Falls Mayor Dan Toland, City Council Member Jim Nordgren, City Council Member Scott Morrissette, UW River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen, Council Member Tom Caflisch, City Engineer Reid Wronski, UWRF Grounds Supervisor Joseph McIntosh, UWRF Police Operations Program Associate Wendy Penny, Wisconsin DOT Northwest Region Planning Chief Tom Beekman, UWRF Facilities Manager Mike Stifter and State Senator Sheila Harsdorf.