Businesses and pedestrians brace for change as the first day of construction begins on the Woodson YMCA

Published: Oct. 1, 2018 at 4:21 AM CDT
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Construction began Monday for the Woodson YMCA expansion project. In August, collaborating partners at the YMCA and Aspirus announced a 40 million dollar project that will change the look and traffic flow of downtown Wausau.

Phase One of the construction began Monday and includes the work on additional parking. Members are not permitted to park in the normally designated area and during construction will be directed to park in the lot on Fulton and Third Street. Another lot is available on Franklin and Third Street.

The ABC Supply Company also operates its business off of Fulton Street. Employees at the company told NewsChannel 7 Reporter Emily Boyer that they're anticipating the new traffic in the area will disrupt the work flow. One employee expressed concerns specifically about the tractor trailer trucks that use Fulton Street to access the supply company's garages.

For pedestrian and typical commuter traffic, people NewsChannel 7 spoke to, are not anticipating significant disruption to their normal commute. One local man, Kevin Stachovak said if anything it's become a just part of traveling through Wausau to avoid construction zones and events.

"Mostly when I was a kid I remember it being sort-of like a ghost town, really quiet nothing to do. Then all throughout my adult life, there's so many things to do and so many buildings being torn down, or being putting up or just turning it into flat parking lots" Stachovak said, who grew up in Wausau.

Though disruptions in traffic flow are mere projections as of press date, NewChannel 7 will continue to follow the Woodson YMCA progression. The President of the Woodson YMCA said in a press release statement the new Woodson YMCA and Aspirus Branch will be a "an innovative model for community wellness".

The renovation and construction is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2020.