Long-awaited road work will start in spring, be completed in August
Ozaukee County and Village of Fredonia officials agreed last week to award the contract for the reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue to Michels Materials of Brownsville.
Michels was the lowest of three bidders for the project, at $1.9 million.
The other base bids were $2.2 million by Advance Construction and $2.1 million by PTS Construction, both of Green Bay.
The construction will be along Fredonia Avenue, which is also county Highway A/H, from Edmaro Street on the west to Highland Drive on the east.
Bids were opened Feb. 9 and initially approved by the county’s Public Works Committee on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Later that day, the Village Board confirmed the decision to go with the low bidder.
Bids for the same project were received last summer, but were rejected when they ran significantly higher than expected. At that time, bids received from four contractors ranged from $2.8 million to $3.6 million.
An alternate bid which was requested by the village, would have included the installation of two-inch conduit under the road that would have accommodated the future burying of utility lines.
The cost of that add-on would have run from $63,984 to $186,000.
Village officials had hoped overhead cables could be moved underground in conjunction with the road reconstruction, a move which they contended would enhance the appearance of the community’s primary road.
After receiving preliminary estimates that relocating the overhead lines would cost as much as $600,000, Village President Chuck Lapicola said little progress has been made in getting utility executives to agree to pay for much of that work.
“There is no reason to do anything with conduit if the utilities are not interested in burying their lines,” Lapicola told the board.
Another alternate requested by the village was included, adjusting the sidewalk location on the east end of the construction zone by three feet. The change will add $4,100 to the cost.
Although the Village Board approved the contract with Michels Materials, trustees put off final action on the agreement with the county to contest some cost-sharing issues.
A previously approved memorandum of understanding spells out that the county will pay for 73% of the paving cost and the village, 27%.
The cost of installing new curb, gutter and storm sewer will be split equally between the village and county.
However, all sidewalk-related costs will be the responsibility of the village, along with the sanitary sewer and water line work, which has already been completed.
Work is expected to begin when weather permits in April and will be completed by mid-August, according to the contract.
That early start of the road reconstruction was made possible when the village decided to install new water and sewer lines in the roadway last year, meaning the road crews will not have to wait for the completion of utility work.