Interchange Project Causes Headaches For Local Residents

When resident Diane Dahlke-Myers wakes up at 7 a.m., in come the dump trucks.

"This (construction) is a nightmare," Dahlke-Myers said.

Right across the street is a wasteland for workers to dump excess materials for the interchange 51, U and K Project, and Dahlke is fed up.

"I can't do this anymore, and nobody is doing anything about it," Dahlke-Myers said.

Dahlke-Myers also said she tried to contact a number of offices in the state to get the situation solved, and nothing has been done to help the residents deal with the dust.

"I'm ill because of it,” Dahlke-Myers said. “I went to Marshfield Clinic, and they've right now sent my chest X-rays … from all the stuff that's in the dirt.”

Dahlke-Myers said the workers are breaking protocol by not covering the dump trucks they are using and speed limits on the road.

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"We have not observed any material falling out of dump trucks,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Manager Dan Erva said. “Our project staff has not observed it."

When asked about the workers speeding, Erva replied: "All construction traffic should be obeying local speed limits."

To miminimze the dust, Wis DOT said they have a tracking pad at the site and they try to water the roads to keep the dust down.

Dahlke-Myers said she can recall them watering the road one time, and that was only after she called to report.

Erva said that if people have complaints about the construction, WisDOT will try to work with them one-on-one as best as they can.

"I know sometimes it can be an inconvenience to people, but it's necessary to have good roads in the area,” Erva said.

For Dahlky-Myers, good roads isn’t enough, she wants a better way of living and clean air to breath.

"I'm trying I'm trying to contact people and make people aware of what's going on,” Dahlke-Myers said. “Maybe somebody will step up to the plate and do something about it and try to help.”

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