Road to lake is paved with construction

Project that has closed Lake Street expected to stretch into November

THE RECONSTRUCTION OF Lake Street in Port Washington is evident in this photo, which shows the heavy equipment stretching from Washington Street north to Jackson Street with the Lakepointe townhouses on the left and Newport Shores condominiums on the right. Photo by Sam Arendt
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KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

Drivers trying to get to Port Washington’s lakefront lately have found a new obstacle — construction on Lake Street.

Crews began tearing up the road on Sept. 6, ripping out pavement and beginning to replace the utilities underneath.

The road is closed to through traffic, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said, although people going to the marina, Newport Shores condominiums and the south driveway of the Lighthouse Condominiums continue to have access.

“There’s a lot of work going on in a small area,” he said.

While in a typical project, the water main is replaced, in the case of Lake Street the sanitary force main and storm water mains are also being replaced.

“It’s pretty unusual we’re replacing all the city’s underground utilities,” Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said. “They’re just not in good condition.”

We Energies is also relocating some utilities, he said, and making improvements near the city’s bike path.

As part of the Lake Street project, Vanden Noven said, the city will connect the bike path from Jackson Street to the entry to the breakwater. The off-road, 8-foot-wide multi-use path is being paid for, in part, through a state Department of Natural Resources grant.

That’s not the only improvement for pedestrians included in the Lake Street project, Vanden Noven said. The city is replacing much of the sidewalk in the area and adding new sidewalk on the east side of Lake Street between Pier Street and the marina entrance.

Ansay Development, which constructed the Newport Shores condominiums, is paying about $20,000 of the project’s roughly $450,000 pricetag, an amount Vanden Noven said covers the cost of new curb and sidewalk along the building.

The project is expected to be completed  by Nov. 11.

Boats will be leaving the marina before the road reopens, but Vanden Noven said there shouldn’t be an issue with that.

“We certainly anticipated that happening, and the contractor is working with the boat haulers to make sure they can get the boats out,” he said.

“It (the road) was in really bad shape. When it’s done, it’s going to be a big improvement.”

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