A project more than 20 years in the making – a four-lane Highway 10 corridor between Stevens Point and Marshfield – is now complete, ushering in a new era of economic growth for the region, according to local officials.
The $244 million project, which was enumerated by the state in 1989 and which broke ground in 2006, included the expansion of 31 miles of 10 between Marshfield and Interstate 39 north of Stevens Point. The new four-lane highway bypasses the communities of Auburndale, Blenker, Milladore, Junction City and downtown Stevens Point.
The western two-thirds of the corridor is designed as an expressway with at-grade intersections spaced one-mile, or more, apart. The eastern one-third of the corridor is designed as a freeway facility with access located at two diamond service interchanges with Highway 34 and one system-to-system interchange with I-39.
Although the first segment from Stevens Point to Junction City opened two years ago, people were able to drive the entire highway beginning Thursday, Aug. 23, following a Tuesday, Aug. 21, ceremony in which public officials talked about the importance of the new road.