An informational meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the council chambers at City Hall about an upcoming project on South Main Street.
The project will take place on the portion of Main Street that runs from Badger Street to South Park.
Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin in April.
The city’s Public Works Department, in cooperation with the Waupaca County Highway Department, will begin removal and replacement work on the pavement, sidewalk, curb and gutter, watermain and storm sewer system on South Main Street.
This work is needed due to aged and inadequate pavement, watermains and storm sewer mains.
At times, access to driveways will be limited when work is taking place directly in front of a property. Overnight parking will be allowed by the Waupaca Police Department on adjacent streets and in front on the roadway in front of the property if driveway access has been restricted.
During the construction project, water service will be interrupted for a short period of time.
Numerous businesses and services, including Waupaca’s Post Office, the Waupaca School District, garbage haulers and the police/ambulance/fire departments, are being notified about the project. Service to properties will continue.
A signed detour route will be established along West Badger Street, from South Main Street to South Washington Street, and then down South Washington Street, from West Badger Street to the south to Lakeside Parkway (Old County Highway K).
During construction, the intersection of Lake Street and Main Street will remain open for traffic most of the time.
Parking along the South Washington Street detour route will be restricted on both sides of the street to safely provide for the additional traffic that is expected.
As part of this project, the city will pay for the replacement of water service up to the property lines from the street. No property owner will be assessed for this or any work related to the project.
The project inspector will be in contact with property owners to discuss the possible replacement of water service from their property line up to their house. That work would be done by the contractor on the project. It would be optional and at the expense of the property owner.
Once the watermain and storm sewer work are completed, curb/sidewalk replacement, driveway apron repair, pavement construction/resurfacing and landscaping will proceed.
The project is expected to be completed in August, 2012.
The city has had discussions with the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, and the July 4 parade route has been changed to utilize Jefferson Street, from East Fulton Street to Lake Street.
On that holiday, pedestrian access to South Park will be available on the entire length of Main Street.
In addition, the city encourages the use of the South Park lower shelter parking lot and the lake side sidewalk for access to the South Park beach area.
The city understands the importance of communicating with the residents, business owners and the public as to the status of the project.
With that in mind, the city has established several ways for people to sign up to receive that information.
Regular and real-time information will be posted about the project.
Nixle is a free notification service the city utilizes. It allows people to receive different types of information specific to the area, sent as an email or a text message to a mobile phone.
Nixle sends out advisories, severe weather warnings, community updates and information specific to the city. Go to http://nixle.com/city-of-waupaca/ and to the city’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cityofwaupaca for such updates.
The city’s Twitter site is http://twitter.com/city_of_waupaca, and its web address is http://www.cityofwaupaca.org/. Information about the project will also be available there.
During the project, questions can be addressed to John Edlebeck, the city’s director of public works, at 715-258-4420.