Black Creek is open for business

A ribbon was stretched across WIS 47 during last weekend’s Black Creek Family Daze to signify the opening of the highway to full traffic after major construction last year. Pictured are, left to right: Holly Clausen, Gene Hogan, Robert E. Lee and Associates project manager, Black Creek Business Association President Vicki Koehler, Village President Steve Rettler, John Jossart of Kurczek Construction, Dale Marsh, Mykenna Schulte and Nichole Dennis. - Photo by Rick Cohler

As the American Legion Color Guard approached a spot on WIS 47 where the pavement changed from a faded gray to fresh, black asphalt, the ribbon was cut to signify a new beginning for Black Creek Main Street.
It’s been a struggle. WIS 47 was closed from Black Creek north to WIS 29 all last summer for reconstruction while utility work tore up Main Street. Work was done south of Black Creek and the downtown was repaved during the past couple weeks.
“We’re going to bring Black Creek back to life – that’s all there is to it,” Les Van Eperen, owner of Van Eperen Sales and Black Creek Business Association board member, said.
Vicki Koehler, Association president, said the goal is to revitalize Black Creek’s Main Street.
“We’re looking for face lifts, new businesses and more,” she said. “Just having traffic back is great.”
WIS 47 is a main route from the Fox Valley to the vacationland of Northern Wisconsin with some 2.3 million cars per year.
For Village President Steve Rettler, it was a big day for the village.
“This will help bring business back to town, especially after last year,” he said.
Van Eperen said they would like to see an increase in specialty shops, prompting travelers to stop and take a walk through Black Creek.