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City of Waukesha looking at 2014 road projects

Clinton Street, Hartwell Avenue will cost the most

Road construction at South East Avenuje, just South of West College Avenue near Carroll University, was a major road reconstruction project in the city in 2013 which wrapped up recently. There are now multiple projects on the city’s radar for 2014.

Road construction at South East Avenuje, just South of West College Avenue near Carroll University, was a major road reconstruction project in the city in 2013 which wrapped up recently. There are now multiple projects on the city’s radar for 2014. Photo By Scott Ash

Dec. 3, 2013

The City of Waukesha had numerous road construction projects in 2013.

Orange barrels, however, won't disappear in 2014. In fact, they will be just as prevalent.

"It will be a busy summer," said Project Engineer Alex Damien. "Just as it will be a busy winter designing these projects."

Twenty projects, which are part of the City of Waukesha's 2014 Street Program, were presented to the Common Council Tuesday night. The estimated cost of the road budget is $5.1 million.

Two are labeled as "major reconstruction projects." Damian said they are given this description because of the amount of traffic on these roads.

One is at Clinton Street in downtown Waukesha that extends from West Broadway to Wisconsin Avenue. The estimated cost for the overhaul is $1.1 million.

An informational meeting with business and property owners in downtown was recently held.

They were informed by city staff that the project includes replacing the deteriorated pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk and terraces. It will widen the terrace to allow for additional safe pedestrian circulation, street trees and other street amenities. The terraces will be enhanced with decorative concrete pavers.

Moreover, the aging underground utilities will be replaced, including the street light conduit, water main and sanitary sewer. The south bound direction will be reduced from two lanes to one lane, new decorative LED street lights will be installed and trees will be removed and re-installed with the use of a paver grate system.

The project is expected to start in March 2014 and be finished by the end of June.

The second major reconstruction project in Waukesha is at North Hartwell Avenue from Arcadian Avenue, to White Rock Avenue. It is longer than the Clinton Street project — 963 feet versus 820 feet — but the cost estimate is lower at $900,000.

This is also a major overhaul of the roadway, including its underground infrastructure, Damian said.

While those two projects total $2 million, six projects labeled as "minor reconstruction" total about $2.1 million. The city labels them as minor, but Damian says they are definitely not small projects.

"Minor doesn't mean less work," Damian said. "It's just how we classify our streets. They are complete reconstruction just as Grand Avenue, East Avenue and Buena Vista was this year."

These projects include

·Construction at Windsor Drive from South East Avenue to S. Hartwell Ave. (1,324 feet) with a cost estimate of $470,000

·South Charles Street from Windsor Drive to East Newhall Avenue (372 feet) at $93,000

·Genesee Street from East Main Street to Arcadian Avenue (1,589 feet) at $510,000

·Lincoln Avenue from Oakland Avenue to Perkins Avenue (1,100 feet) at $510,000

·Eales Avenue from White Rock Avenue to Cleveland Avenue (890 feet) at $275,000

·Chicago Avenue from Lasalle Street to Hyde Park Avenue (660 feet) at $245,000

Damian said these estimates don't include work for sanitary sewer services. When those totals are added to each project it will increase the costs by another half-million dollars. He added that the city requested $1.1 million for the minor projects, but the Common Council approved doubling that amount so more projects could be done next year.

There are also 12 resurfacing projects scheduled for 2014. The estimated cost for these projects is $1 million.

These locations include North Moreland Boulevard from Madison Street to Michigan Avenue (Northbound only for 1,247 feet); West Moreland Boulevard from 450-feet west of East North Street to Pewaukee Road (477 feet); Pewaukee Road from Pilot Court to East North Street (1,329 feet); Wisteria Lane from Oakdale Drive to Cottonwood Drive (360 feet); Cottonwood from Wisteria Lane to School Drive (1,276 feet); Dixie Drive from School Drive to Burr Oak Boulevard (836 feet); Hemit Avenue from School Drive to Burr Oak Boulevard (231 feet); School Drive from Oakdale Drive to Center Road (1,216 feet); Irving Place from Magnolia to Northview (2,216 feet); Kensington Drive from Grandview Boulevard to Cambridge Avenue (978 feet); Burrie Lane from MacArthur Road to Canterbury Lane (1,490 feet); Canterbury Lane from Grandview Boulevard to Cambridge Avenue (978 feet).

Damian said all of the 2013 road projects are completed with the exception of "a little sodding left" on East Avenue.

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