Main Street remains on schedule

Waiting on permit from railroad won’t push back completion date of project, official says
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Crews on the second phase of Belgium’s Main Street reconstruction project are working around the railroad crossing, both literally and figuratively.

The delay Ozaukee County has experienced in receiving a permit from the railroad to install storm sewer under the tracks is not affecting the project schedule, an official said at last Thursday’s construction public information meeting.

“At this time it’s really not going to affect the completion date of the job. We can work around that for quite some time without really hurting our deadline,” Tom Amon, area supervisor for Vinton Construction, the project’s general contractor, said.

Director of Public Works Dan Birenbaum said Union Pacific Railroad contacted the county on Tuesday with questions about the project.

One complication the permit holdup creates is that Vinton has to have the subcontractor return to finish the connection under the tracks, instead of doing the project all at once. That company has left to do other jobs and will need to be called back.

Crews were expected to finish taking out curbing and sidewalk on the north side of the project east of the railroad tracks to Beech Street on Tuesday, Birenbaum said.

Property owners will be notified when their driveways won’t be accessible. They are expected  to have to park on the street for a week to 10 days, Peggy Stucky of M Squared Engineering, project engineer, said.

On  Monday, excavation of that section of the road is expected to start. After that is complete, crews will start work on the west end of the project and move east toward the railroad tracks.

Once excavation begins, “it’s important people take the detour,” Birenbaum said.

The detour route runs from Highway LL south to A, then to Highway 57 and back to Highway D.

The next public information meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Village Hall.

The project cost is $6.9 million. State and federal grants will pay 80% of the cost with the county and village splitting the remaining 20%.

The Village Board in April unanimously approved borrowing $4.3 million for its portion of the Main Street reconstruction project. It is paying more than 10% because of upgraded street lights and burying power lines.

Overall borrowing costs are $125,000 less than estimated, mostly due to securing a lower interest rate than expected. The rate is 3.2562% on the 20-year loan.

 

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