A public information meeting on the County Highway B project will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Manawa Municipal Building.
During the meeting, the Waupaca County Highway Department will provide details on the upcoming reconstruction of County B from Euclid Avenue to the railroad crossing south of the city of Manawa.
Scheduled for the summer of 2014, the ¾-mile project includes a total reconstruction of the roadway.
The plans are to widen the roadway, replace the sub-base, add curb and gutter, improve the intersections, and lay blacktop.
“There will not be a real major alignment shift,” said Waupaca County Highway Commissioner Dean Steingraber.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $800,000, with 80 percent (about $640,000) paid through a federal/state grant.
The remaining 20 percent of the project cost will be covered by Waupaca County (about $120,000) and the city of Manawa (about $40,000).
Steingraber noted that the city’s portion basically covers their share of constructing an urban cross-section (including sidewalk, curb and gutter, and storm sewer) between Euclid Avenue and Howard Street.
“It is a county project,” he said.
The design work for the County B project was originally started in 2001, with construction scheduled for 2002. Funding and other issues were responsible for the delay.
“I am glad we waited for the federal/state funding,” Steingraber said. “We are going to have a nice road with nice amenities.”
He expects the County B project to be completed faster than last summer’s reconstruction of County Road N because the 2014 project does not include major utility work.
A tentative schedule for the project will be presented at the Jan. 30 meeting.
The County B reconstruction will begin south of Euclid Avenue, past Howard Street, Beech Street and Butternut Road, then south to the railroad tracks.
The new roadway will have 12-foot driving lanes and six-foot shoulders consisting of three feet of blacktop and three feet of gravel.
The project will also include improvement to intersections and some upgrades to the railroad crossing at the south end of the project. The railroad may decide to do some work on the tracks by Sturms, but that is not part of this project.
The sidewalk will be extended on the eastside of County B to the end of the curve across from Howard Street.
Where the sidewalk ends, the Waupaca County Highway Department will sculpt space for a 10-foot-wide recreational trail adjacent to the highway. They will add top soil and grass seed to this area.
“It will be the first phase for a future recreation trail,” Steingraber said. “We might as well do it as long as we’re right there with our scrapers and dozers.”
The detour during the project will re-route northbound traffic to County Road BB to State Highway 22/110 proceeding north into downtown Manawa back to County B and Bridge Street.