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Posted on: May 3, 2021

2021 Street Improvement Project

The 2021 Street Improvement Project began May 3 with material delivery and equipment distribution. Ground-breaking should begin May 10. Work should be done by late November. Dates may change depending on weather and availability of crews.

Work will take place on the following streets:

  • Bukolt Avenue – Second Street to Meadow Street
  • Fifth Avenue – Front Street to Second Street
  • First Street – Centerpoint Drive to Bukolt Avenue
  • Forest Street – Franklin Street to Bukolt Avenue
  • Frederick Street – Fifth Avenue to Bukolt Avenue
  • West Street – Fourth Avenue to Bukolt Avenue

The contractor is scheduled to have two underground crews on-site beginning work on Bukolt Avenue and First Street, north of Portage Street. Please see the attached map for more information regarding phasing delineation. Updates to the map with the creation of subsections for each phase will be made as work progresses. As work progresses and additional crews become available, work will commence on additional phases. While work activities are anticipated to follow this proposed phasing, changes may occur depending on conditions encountered in the field.

Because of the closure of Phase 1a, garbage and recyclable pick-up will change. Starting Tuesday, May 11, 2021, residents within Phase 1a will need to have their garbage and/or recyclables in clear plastic bags, NOT in the supplied carts for collection. The clear plastic bags are necessary to distinguish between garbage and recyclables. Bags will be collected by the contractor and transported to a central location for pick-up until the road surface is sufficient to support the City’s automated collection vehicles. Mailings will be sent to inform residents outside of the Phase 1a work area of when construction activities are to begin and they will need to utilize this garbage protocol. 

While driveway access will be maintained to the greatest extent practicable, there will be limitations depending upon the type and location of work being completed. Long term and overnight parking will be available on adjacent streets within legal parking areas. Areas designated as ‘No Parking’ will remain as such with no parking allowed. Overnight alternate side parking restrictions will not apply to the streets where parking restrictions will be lifted. Permitted parking during construction is shown on the project map. (In addition to the map, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet addresses commonly asked questions and/or concerns.) Additional parking options are being reviewed by the Engineering Department at this time.

Some properties may be subject to special assessments. The City Clerk will be sending notifications to all affected property owners by mail regarding special assessments at a later date. Properties subject to special assessment will be invoiced following completion of the project. Questions regarding special assessments may be directed to the City Engineering Department at 715-346-1561 or the Public Utilities Department at 715-345-5260.

Temporary water will be supplied by the contractor for properties affected by project work. Temporary water installation will follow the progression of work beginning with Phase 1a. Residents in construction areas can expect communication from the contractor to make any necessary arrangements as well as providing properties with a contact should issues arise with the temporary water. Questions regarding the temporary water may be directed to the Public Utilities Department at 715-345-5260.

Rock excavation will be required in some locations, and sometimes requiring blasting operations. If your property is located near the blasting sites, you will be contacted by the blasting contractor, SX Blasting, Inc. To reach you they may send you mailings, place door hangers, or stop by in person. Staff from SX Blasting will be asking for permission to enter your property to conduct a condition survey and we ask that you allow them to do so. This survey is needed to document the existing condition of your property and is necessary to protect you, as the property owner, in the unlikely event that any damage result from the blasting operations.

See the Project Map and FAQ (PDF)
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