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Residents are invited to a public information meeting to learn about planned improvements to a stretch of Highway 11.

Traveling through Sturtevant and Mount Pleasant will get a lot more interesting once crews start working to widen Durand Avenue.

The project is not slated to begin for another couple of years – 2017 was the earliest estimate – but state Department of Transportation officials want residents to be fully informed about what’s planned along the second-busiest artery in the county.

DOT officials are planning a four-lane divided highway between 92nd Street and Green Bay Road. Both the bridge over the Pike River (just east of Willow Road) and for Union Pacific Railway will be replaced.

By the time that work starts, Sturtevant will have finished relocating Willow Road so that it curves around and connects with 86th Street, leading to a new intersection with a stoplight to better control the flow of traffic in and out of Blain’s Farm and Fleet.

Where Willow Road now connects with Durand Avenue will be turned into a cul de sac.

Sturtevant trustees voted last week to approve up to $65,000 for GAI Consultants to start on preliminary design work for the road relocation that includes a topographic survey, wetland delination, road and storm water management and to determine if land acquisition is necessary.

The public meeting runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.

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