A watermain that is about 100 years old will be replaced as part of an upcoming project on South Main Street.
Information about the project was presented when the city’s Board of Public Works met Wednesday, March 7, at City Hall.
“We will start at Junction Street and plan to go all the way up to the post office,” John Edlebeck, the city’s director of public works, told the approximately dozen citizens in attendance.
Weather permitting, the project is scheduled to begin in April.
“We expect the project to be done in August. We want to be done before the triathlon,” he said.
The project will take place on the portion of Main Street that runs from Badger Street to South Park.
It will include watermain replacement, storm sewer work, curb/sidewalk replacement, driveway apron repair, pavement construction/resurfacing and landscaping.
“You will be able to get in and out of your property during the interim time,” Edlebeck said.
When work is taking place directly in front of a property, access to driveways will be limited. During those times, overnight parking will be allowed on adjacent streets.
Edlebeck said property owners should contact the police department when they have to park overnight on a street. Overnight parking is prohibited on city streets.
The signed detour route will be 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 Trunk K).
Parking on the South Washington Street detour route will be restricted on both sides of the street.
One South Main Street resident asked that the police department patrol Washington Street during the project, due to concerns about the speed of traffic on that street.
Edlebeck will pass that on to the department and said the city will also make sure speed limit signs are posted on the street, as people are coming off Badger Street and Lakeside Parkway to remind them of the 25 mph speed limit.
Of the intersection at South Main and Lake streets, Edlebeck said, “We will attempt to keep Lake Street open as much as possible for traffic. We don’t want to push all the traffic down Badger.”
The exception will be when construction is taking place in the intersection.
He does not expect there to be a disruption of traffic at the South Main and Badger streets intersection.
“From the records we have, we do not anticipate going into the intersection at South Main and Badger,” Edlebeck said.
He also told the board and citizens that the Waupaca County Highway Department will be grinding the pavement on Lakeside Parkway and resurfacing it.
There will be no change to the walking path, and he expects that project to take several days.
When the Common Council meets on Tuesday, March 20, it will award the bid for the project.
The Board of Public Works has recommended awarding it to Don E. Parker Excavating Inc., of Hortonville, for an amount not to exceed $258,947.93.