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Big band music in park Thursday

The sounds of big band music will fill Plymouth City Park Thursday night.

The Generations Big Band will be performing for the second concert in the Plymouth Municipal Band Summer Park Concerts series, beginning at 7 p.m. on the bandstand in City Park on Grove Street.

Concessions for the concert will be provided by Job’s Daughters in the cake stand.

Exit ramps to open on State 23

Motorists will see progress – and a change – in the State 23/County Y road project in Kohler this week.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the exit ramps from State 23 to County Y are scheduled to reopen Wednesday. At the same time, the entrance ramps from County to State 23 will be closed.

It’s part of a .23-mile, $2 million project that is scheduled for completion in mid-August.

The work includes bridge painting, concrete deck surface repairs, joint repairs and a concrete deck overlay for the County Y bridge over State 23, pavement replacement on the on/off-ramps at State 23 and County Y interchange, and on County Y between the on/off-ramps.

This week, crews will be completing the final restoration of embankments on the State 23 off ramps and along southbound County Y. Permanent signing and pavement markings will be placed on the east and west bound State 23 off ramps. Guardrails will be installed on southbound County Y at the structure. The temporary concrete barrier wall from westbound State 23 will be removed.

The stage 2 traffic control set up will be installed along County Y for the tentative switch date of June 18 open the State 23 off ramps and close the State 23 on ramps at County Y. County Y traffic will be switched to the west side of the roadway at the same time. Crews will start milling and breaking pavement on the State 23 westbound on ramp.

State 23 off-ramps to County Y will be closed until June 18. The State 23 on-ramps from County Y will be closed from June 18 to July 30. County Y will be reduced to one lane in each direction. There will also be single-lane closures on WIS 23 in the westbound and eastbound directions

On the County LS and Dairyland Drive construction project, county crews will continue the County DL (Dairyland Drive) intersection and culvert work with no major delays expected this week.

The 18-mile project on County LS from Eisner Avenue in Sheboygan to County XX in the village of Cleveland and on Dairyland Drive from State 42 to County XX in village of Cleveland is set for completion in September.

The project includes Pigeon River bridge improvement on County LS and the Dairyland Drive bridge in Manitowoc County; relocation of County LS in the town of Mosel; milling, pulverizing, blacktopping; and minor intersection work at County LS and Playbird Road and County LS and Willow Creek.

County LS from Eisner Avenue to County MM is open under construction. Final restoration still needs to be completed.

Motorists are advised to use caution and remain alert when driving through any work zone.

Drivers are also encouraged to seek information about work zones and detours in the following ways:

For statewide, recorded road construction information, 24 hours a day, call 511.

For statewide road construction on the World Wide Web, visit

All work is weather dependent.

Anti-drunk driving car wins award

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s “Choose Your Ride” vehicle, which is half State Patrol cruiser and half taxi, always gets plenty of attention on the highway and at public events. Now, it’s also a national award winning advertisement that warns of the dangers—and expense—of drunken driving.

At the American Advertising Federation’s 2014 National ADDY Awards May 30, the Choose Your Ride vehicle won a Silver ADDY for second place in the Public Service—Non-Traditional category. Previously, it won a Gold ADDY and Best of Show awards in the regional competition in Minneapolis in April and another Gold ADDY in the Madison and Milwaukee competition in February.

The vehicle is a high-mileage cruiser that the State Patrol could no longer use for patrolling highways and was destined for auction. The State Patrol’s Bureau of Transportation Safety used $1,700 in federal funding for the design and application of the vehicle markings. The distinctive vehicle hit the road in June 2013 and appeared at 35 events last year.

“Based on public reaction and now the national ADDY award, we feel that the Choose Your Ride vehicle is a memorable way to remind drivers about the expense of drunken driving and the benefit of using alternative transportation if they’re impaired,” David Pabst, director of the Bureau of Transportation Safety, said in a press release announcing the award. “Of course, the real expense of drunk driving can’t be measured in dollars since alcohol-related crashes needlessly kill and seriously injure far too many people. We’re striving to get that message across in a variety of ways, and the Choose Your Ride vehicle is part of that strategy.”

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