Worst road in town to get some much needed work

Four-day Northwoods Rd. project set to begin June 18
Ozaukee Press staff

Northwoods Road, which has been deemed the worst road in the Town of Port Washington, is about to lose its title.

Payne & Dolan will begin work rehabbing the road on Monday, June 18, Town Chairman Jim Melichar announced during Monday’s Town Board meeting.

The project is expected to take four days, Melichar said — one day to pulverize the existing pavement, two to grade and compact the road and one day for paving.

Melichar said he does not know whether the road will be closed during the project, but he urged drivers to be patient as work gets underway.

“I would hope people would go around it so they can get the work done,” he said, adding that it will be up to Payne & Dolan to decide whether they need to close the road at times during the project.

The Northwoods Road project, which includes work from Hillcrest Road south to the storage shed driveway, is projected to cost $98,335.

The town has talked about repairing the road for several years, but it took a back seat to other projects until now.

Last year, the town received bids for the project but delayed the work because a portion of the road is in the Village of Saukville.

Melichar said he would talk to Saukville officials about paying for that portion of the road, which is in front of the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA, after the project is completed.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Melichar said of the project, noting he’s received complaints about the road for about 20 years — as long as he’s been on the Town Board.

“There’s always been something wrong with it,” he said. “This will fix it. It will be a new road when we’re done.”

In other road-related matters, the Town Board on Monday agreed to pay half the cost of seal coating Dixie Road between highways B and KW.

The Town of Belgium received a $17,800 bid from Scott Construction for the work, and the cost will be split between the two communities, Melichar said, noting that the townships share jurisdiction over the road.

There is no timetable for the project, he said.

The total cost of the projects is still within the town’s road repair budget for this year, Melichar said.


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