ONALASKA, Wis. -- Construction on Highway 35 in Onalaska is set to start this month.

The project will move and replace the sidewalk and traffic lanes from Elm street to Poplar street. The lanes around the intersection of Hwy. 35 and Main street will be changed to handle traffic and improve safety for both drivers and bikers.

The project will also add street lights and decorative pavement to improve the look of the highway. Construction will start with the north bound lanes first and then move to the south bound lanes.

The project manager says the work won't keep people from getting to Onalaska businesses. "Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project. I encourage the public to use the hotline the city of Onalaska is setting up to keep the public informed on how to access businesses as well as to what stage of the project we're in in terms of handling traffic," says project manager Joe Gregas.

The construction is expected to wrap up this November. It's estimated to cost more than 4.5 million dollars.