Port Town Board hires firm for upgrades that will include replacing bridge
Work on Highland Drive in the Town of Port Washington is expected to begin in the next two weeks.
The Town Board paved the way for that work last week when officials awarded a contract for the work to Vinton Construction Co. of Manitowoc.
The company submitted the low bid of $214,817 for the work.
Payne and Dolan submitted a bid of $244,588 and Buteyn Peterson Construction Co. of Sheboygan bid $288,389.
While most of the price within the bids were comparable, the difference was a location charge, Town Chairman Jim Melichar said.
“Everything else seemed comparable,” he said. “They (Vinton) have been doing a lot of work in the city, so they have the equipment in the area.
“They’re all reputable companies, and they submitted good bids.”
The project is estimated to take six weeks, Melichar said, adding the contract requires it be completed by Sept. 30.
That allows for any unexpected delays and bad weather, he said.
Highland Drive will be closed throughout the project, although motorists will be able to get to Nisleit’s Country Inn and Town Hall.
The road project was spurred by the fact that concrete on the Highland Road overpass is spalling and small pieces have fallen onto the trail below, prompting Ozaukee County and the town to take action to replace the structure — a large box culvert that serves as a bridge.
The project will eliminate the bridge on Highland Drive north of Town Hall, lowering the grade of the road and making it safer for both motorists and bicyclists.
The town’s plan calls for the bridge to be replaced with a smaller, 36-inch culvert.
The new culvert would be buried, creating an at-grade road that would be about five feet lower than the current roadway, officials said.
The road crests in the area, making it difficult for drivers heading south to see bikers stopped along Highland Road, officials said.
The town had budgeted $266,000 for the project, Melichar said.
Any unexpended funds will be put toward crack filling, chip sealing and other routine road maintenance this year, he said. Any money left over will be set aside for construction on Green Bay Road next year.