Complete Streets project gets underway Monday

By Tim Douglass, Publisher of the Pope County Tribune

Because spring sprung over the weekend and today (Monday) Riley Brothers Construction, Inc., of Morris, will be able to begin work on the street project.

Residents may not see a lot of construction on the first day, but this week, if the weather holds, will mean construction on phase I of the project will be underway.  That will likely mean removing the surface of Highway 28-29 near the Pope County Fairgrounds and Brownie’s Tire Service and getting some culverts installed in that area.

Last Friday, a number of state, regional and local officials were on hand for the groundbreaking of what is likely the largest infrastructure project to be done at one time in Glenwood.  The more than $11 million project will completely transform the way the downtown Glenwood area looks and functions.  It will include replacing city utility lines under the highway as well as redoing Highways 28-29 and 104 through Glenwood.  It will also include building-to-building work replacing sidewalks, curb and gutter, and in some areas, adding amenity zones and bicycle paths.

Remember to keep shopping locally

It will be a long summer for locals, but remember that it is more important than ever to shop local stores and businesses.  All will remain open during the construction. This Thursday marks the beginning of weekly meetings to be held at noon each Thursday for construction updates.  Business owners and employees are invited to attend the meetings at the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber and Welcome Center.  The meetings will start at noon on Thursdays.

In the meantime, we will try to provide timely updates on our website ( as well as in Monday’s printed edition of the Pope County Tribune.