Residents received an update on two street construction projects scheduled in the city of Clintonville over the next few years.
The information was shared during a public involvement meeting with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Thursday, Dec. 11.
The first project is scheduled for this summer. The construction will take place on Main Street just north of 10th Street to just north of 13th Street. Replacing the Pigeon River Bridge will be part of this project.
Brian Smits, vice president of cbs2, said the project will include all new roadway being reconstructed, including new curb and gutter, and new sidewalks on both side of the street. New storm sewers, water mains, sewer system, and decorative street lighting will also be included in the project.
“Also as part of that will be all new traffic lights at 12th Street,” Smits said.
The project will require Main Street to be closed to traffic during construction. Smits said the detour will take motorists on 7th Street, then north on Lyon Street, then right on 12th Street, then north on Warren Hansen Drive, and then left on Highway 156.
The second project starts where the first project ends, just north of 13th Street and extends 1,300 feet north of Highway 156.
Smits said the existing pavement on Wisconsin Highway 22 (Main Street) is nearing the end of its useful life and requires replacement. The underground utilities and storm sewer also need to be replaced. This will take place during the construction project scheduled for 2017.
The Highway 22 intersection with Wisconsin Highway 156/Green Tree Road will also be reconfigured because it currently has features that contribute to driver confusion and results in operational and safety concerns, Smits said.
The proposed improvements provided by the project were included in a handout available to those who attended the meeting. Improvements include:
• Replacing the existing pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, and street lighting.
• Widening the roadway by one foot on each side between 13th Street and WIS 156/Green Tree Road to accommodate bike lanes.
• Extending new sidewalk along both sides of WIS 22 to the WIS 156/Green Tree Road intersection.
• The new, proposed roadway section will consist of: 12-foot travel lanes, 5-foot bike lanes, 2-foot curb and gutter, 5-foot to 9-foot terrace, and 5-foot sidewalks.
• Realigning 16th Street to improve vision for motorists.
• Upgrading the intersection of WIS 22 and WIS 156/Green Tree Road. The upgrades will include an all-way stop controlled intersection and the realignment of WIS 156 and Green Tree Road so the two sides are directly across from each other.
• Per the city’s decision, on-street parking will not be allowed between 13th Street and WIS 156/Green Tree Road.
• The city will also replace the water main and sanitary sewer systems as part of this project.
The intersection of WIS 22 and 16th Street by Christus Church needs to be redesigned, Smits said.
“Right now the road kind of comes in at an angle. We’re going to curve it a little bit and put more of a 90 degree curve in there and separate it a little from 15th Street also. It’s going to operate much better that way,” Smits said.
Redesigning of the intersection at WIS 22 and WIS 156/Green Tree Road was also needed.
Smits said Green Tree Road will be moved south a little bit, and WIS 156 will move slightly north, to make a four-way intersection. It will be an all-way stop.
The intersection improvements sought by the project will also require the acquisition of new right of way at the WIS 22 and 16th Street intersection, as well as the WIS 22 and WIS 156/Green Tree Road intersection, and approximately 1,300 feet north of WIS 156/Green Tree Road, Smits said.
A temporary easement will be required throughout the rest of the project to blend the improvements into the areas behind the sidewalks, Smits said.
The project will not require any buildings to be acquired or removed.
The project will require 72 trees to be removed. Of those trees, 57 are within the historical eligible district of the city, Smits said.
“Even though it’s eligible we have to treat it as a historic district,” Smits said.
Smits said a lot of the trees will be replaced as part of the project. Information was available as to which trees would be removed, which would be replaced, and what kind of tree they would be replaced with.
Construction is expected to start as early as it can in the spring of 2017 and run through late fall. There is a possibility construction could start as early as 2016, Smits said.
Construction planned for spring 2017 through fall will require WIS 22 between 13th Street and WIS 156/Green Tree Road to close. Traffic will be detoured via 7th Street, N. Lyon Street, E. 12th Street, SSGT Warren Hansen Drive and WIS 156.
From early June 2017 through late August, crews will also close WIS 22 between WIS 156/Green Tree Road and Autumn Street. When this takes place, WIS 22 traffic will be detoured via 7th Street, N. Lyon Street, E. 12th Street, SSGT Warren Hansen Drive, WIS 156, Industrial Avenue and Autumn Street.
Smits said temporary access will be maintained for businesses and residents during construction. Driveways may need to be temporarily closed when the driveways are being reconstructed or when construction operations take place near driveways. The contractor will be required to give two business days notice prior to closing access, Smits added.
Motorists can also expect to encounter side street intersection closures during construction, Smits said.