Once again the city finds itself in that wonderful place between conservation and development, this time around Thomas Road.
It is obvious that Thomas road is inadequate to meet even the current traffic flow. And most likely any thought of increasing the number of river crossings overall is not even on the table. Local legend has it that Wisconsin Rapids has seven bridges, and Wausau only three, and the legendary reason given is that the DOT regional headquarters is in Rapids. But be that as it may, with only a few crossings here, the streets that feed those crossings obviously need to be able to handle the traffic.
But this time I am going to leave it to the readers of the Wausaublog to sound off. To be honest, I am not sure at all where the balance lies. In some of the past road projects it seemed that a few businesses took it on the chin. On Third Avenue, I know a few places did not survive that project, and it was said more than once that the reconstruction of Grand Avenue was a factor in the closing of the Kmart there.
But then again, perhaps the new apartment complex that arose on that site is a much better use of property in the city. Actually, I have to say that they look a lot better than that old Kmart.
Thomas street is lined with local businesses, a few churches and many homes. Some of my favorite spring rolls are there on Thomas Street.
So, what do you think Wausau? How big should Thomas be and how much are you willing to pay? Is it worth losing local businesses to make traffic flow? How much change is good?
We would all love to hear your thoughts.