County considers new highway facility
Project to cost $27.6 million
By Robert Cloud
Waupaca County is looking to build a new highway maintenance facility.
Construction could begin as early as the summer of 2018, if it is approved by the county board.
County supervisors were given a preview of the project during the board’s Aug. 15 meeting.
The new facility would be located on 40 acres near the intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and County Trunk A, south of Waupaca.
Waupaca County purchased the land about eight years ago.
The main building would have a footprint of about 109,000 square feet.
It would include space for a public lobby, administrative offices, operations and staff offices, training and conference rooms, a sign shop, a drive-thru wash bay, a metal fabrication shop, 10 repair bays and a 38,000-square-foot garage.
The site would also have buildings for cold storage, salt and sand storage, as well as a fueling station and a truck scale.
The project is estimated to cost $27.6 million, according to Michael Hacker, with Bray Architects.
“A project this size would normally take about a year for construction, Hacker said, noting the building could be open by the summer of 2019.
Waupaca County Highway Commissioner Casey Beyersdorf said the county has been working with the city of Waupaca on the cost and scope of extending water and sewer to the site.
Fiber optics would also be extended from the courthouse to the highway maintenance facility.
The Waupaca County Highway Department’s current main facility was built in 1936.