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Improvement work begins Tuesday on Highway 51 in Oneida County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced that Gov. Jim Doyle signed a $469,000 contract to improve 1.7 miles of Highway 51 in Oneida County.

The work will take place between Front Street and 3rd Avenue in Minocqua and Woodruff. Construction will begin Tuesday.

Rhinelander-based Pitlik & Wick Inc. is the prime contractor on the project, which will include millwork and paving.

The project, scheduled for completion in October, will be financed with state money.

Lock and Dam 3 near Red Wing, Minn., to receive face-lift

St. Paul, MN (AP) — Lock and Dam 3 on the Mississippi River north of Red Wing is getting a face-lift.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received $70 million in stimulus funds to improve navigation safety and rehabilitate the lock and dam.

Work is scheduled to start in mid-January and be done by September 2011.

The lock opens to navigation for the season March 29, 2010, but the contractor will be allowed to close it for up to four days total per month. Closures won’t be permitted Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.

Recreational boaters who use Lock and Dam 3 should be alert to construction vessels in the area.

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