Town pares 2018 roadwork projects

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

As the price of gas increases, the Town of Grafton will reduce the amount of roadwork it initially planned for this summer.

Town Engineer Kevin Kimmes said the town contracted with the Ozaukee County Highway Department for its summer road projects, but with an increase in oil prices and county labor rates due to worker compensation claims, the cost of the work has risen by 13%.

The town initially budgeted $341,000 for work on Falls Road, Ulao Road and 1,700 feet of Green Bay Road, including the Chateau Court intersection. The total increase in cost would be about $383,000.

Kimmes said it’s too late to seek bids and hire another contractor this season. 

He said the town will have enough funds this year to work on Falls and Ulao roads, which will cost about $300,000.

The remaining $41,000 will be used for crack sealing and striping on the town’s roads, and brush pickup. 

“The county can’t take a negative on the behalf of the town,” Kimmes said.

He said next year the town is planning on doing work on Maple Road, and will seek bids outside the county.

 

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