Rose St. reconstruction, Fourth Ave. upgrades head village’s improvement list
Major upgrades to two west-side roads top the list of 2014 street-improvement projects in the Village of Grafton.
Plans call for the reconstruction of Rose Street from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, a process that will also include the installation of storm and sanitary sewers, water mains, curb and gutter and other improvements.
In addition, Fourth Avenue will be rebuilt, with milling and overlay work, from Rose Street to Spring Street.
The total cost of both projects is estimated at $526,790, including $359,150 for Rose Street and $167,640 for Fourth Avenue.
Village Engineer Dave Murphy said Rose Street has been in poor condition for several years, but the project was delayed because of the possible development of property owned by Brian Behrens on the north side of the road, which is in the Town of Grafton.
Behrens and other owners of four parcels adjoining Rose Street will receive special assessments to cover about half of the $359,150 project cost, Murphy said. However, the village will have to hold the assessments until the land is annexed from the town.
The Village Board on Dec. 16 adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Rose Street project. Final assessments will be determined after the project cost has been finalized. The cost of the Fourth Avenue project will be paid entirely by the village.
The Rose Street and Fourth Avenue upgrades are part of the village’s five-year street improvement program, which calls for projects expected to cost $3.86 million. Included are upgrades estimated at $531,000 in 2015; $2.1 million in 2016; $318,000 in 2017; and $368,000 in 2018.
Most of the projects will be for mill and overlay work. The most extensive is the 2016 urbanization of Falls Road from Port Washington Road to Blackhawk Drive, which is expected to cost $1.8 million.
Originally proposed for 2011, the Falls Road work has been tabled several times due to concerns voiced by the Town of Grafton, which is expected to pay part of the cost.
Also on Dec. 16, the Village Board adopted a final assessment resolution for Port Washington Road improvements to accommodate the construction of a Meijer supercenter.
The $1.7 million street work, much of which has been completed, includes expanding the road to four lanes; installing street lights, storm and sanitary sewers, sidewalks and curbs; improving the northbound lane of Port Washington Road at the Highway 60 intersection; and installing traffic signals at Hunter Lane and the Meijer’s entrance.
Most of the cost, $1.3 million, will be paid by Meijer.
More than $175,000 has been assessed to three businesses: Home Depot, Erickson Real Enterprises and Mequon Investment Group, which owns the Baymont Inn & Suites Hotel. The village and Ozaukee County will pay more than $136,000 toward the project.
Work began last year at the future site of the 191,000-square-foot Meijer supercenter, which will be built on 33 acres on the east side of Port Washington Road, just south of Home Depot.
Crews installed underground utilities and have begun work on the parking lot. Construction of the supercenter is expected to begin next spring and take one year to complete.