Current Construction Projects

Overview


On this page are listed the major Public Works projects the City is undertaking in 2017. Under each heading there is a brief description of the project along with links to related documents and maps. The name and email of the City project manager for each respective project is shown immediately after the project name.
Among these are the City's annual projects for:
  • Street Reconstruction
  • Street Mill and Overlay
  • Street Chip Sealing
  • Sidewalk Repair
The first category above typically consists of one or two major street reconstruction projects. The second category provides new asphalt surfaces on several streets throughout the City. These projects are funded either by the Capital budget or by Tax Incremental Financing (TIF). In some cases, grants provide part of the funding.
The last two categories span multiple neighborhoods in any given year. Click the link below for the location of these projects for the current year.


Beltline Bridge over Terrace Ave Construction (WisDOT)

(David Layton: Email )
 
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) plans to rehabilitate the Beltline bridges over Terrace Avenue 7/24-11/22.
 
Work will include re-decking the Beltline bridges and making other minor repairs. The sidewalk along Terrace Avenue will remain open under the Beltline except for two separate one-week periods of bridge deck demolition. The roadway of Terrace Ave. under the Beltline will be closed for the duration of the project. In addition, the Greenway Blvd. on-ramp to the westbound Beltline and the University Ave. on-ramp to the eastbound Beltline will be closed. These closures are necessary to avoid traffic safety issues that would otherwise occur on the Beltline.

A signed detour route will be in place for USH 14 / University Ave. motorists intending to travel south on the Beltline (eastbound USH 12 / 14). The detour will utilize westbound USH 12 to the Airport Rd. interchange.
Project information is also available by clicking “Projects & Studies” at www.wisconsindot.gov. For more information or questions, please contact David Layton of WisDOT directly at (608) 246-3821, or at his email link above.

Traffic Signals at Allen Blvd./ Maywood Ave

. (Shawn Stauske: Email)

This summer the City plans to install traffic signals at the intersection of Allen Blvd. and Maywood Ave. The signals will replace the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (pedestrian crosswalk lights) that were installed a couple of years ago.

Dredging of Confluence Pond

(Gary Huth: Email )
 
UPDATE: Dredging resumed early in April. The schedule for completion of this project, which began in the fall of 2016, has been extended until early Summer, 2017. The City's Contractor encountered denser materials on the Pond's bottom than had been anticipated.

Confluence Pond is a detention pond located at the confluence of the North and South Forks of Pheasant Branch, west of Deming Way near the Spectrum Brands building. This pond is the largest and most important man-made storm water management feature in the City, with respect to flood control and water quality improvement.

Pheasant Branch Stabilization

(Gary Huth: Email )
 
The City will continue its multi-year program to stabilize the banks of Pheasant Branch. This year's project will focus on eroding areas between Parmenter St and Park St.

The project should begin in early fall. The construction activity is not expected to have a direct impact on the Public.

Mill & Overlay

(Shawn Ulsrud: Email )
 
Mill & Overlay is the resurfacing of a street by means of either a partial depth milling (removing only the top layer of asphalt) or full depth milling (removing the entire depth of asphalt without disturbing the underlying base course) then repaving with new asphalt. This type of work typically does not include underground utilities; it is meant to provide a new stable road surface at a lower cost than a full reconstruction.

The City intends each year to resurface several streets in various locations throughout the City. The locations for this year are shown on the project area map (see link above) identified in the legend as "Mill & Overlay."

Property owners will be notified prior to the start of the project. No daytime on-street parking will be allowed during the project, but access to driveways will be maintained whenever possible.

Project Update:

The City will be starting its “Mill & Overlay” project on Wednesday September 20th on the following streets.

Park Shores Court, Sweeney Drive (South of Fortune Drive), Cardinal Drive, Middleton and Bristol Streets both between University and Elmwood Avenue.

The existing asphalt will be milled off and the base material will be inspected to determine if any undercut is needed. This will then be followed by new asphalt.

No parking signs will be posted with enforcement dates and times posted on the signs. The project should be finished by Friday September 22nd but could be extended into the following week. 


Chip Sealing and Crack Filling

(Shawn Ulsrud: Email )

Project Update:

The Chip Seal project will begin Tuesday, August 1st in the Northlake and Orchid Heights area. No parking signs will be posted with enforced times and dates. The project should be finished by Friday, August 4th, but could be extended due to weather conditions.

 
The chip sealing project is intended to prolong the life of existing pavements that are in reasonably good condition. Streets to be treated are selected by PASER ratings (asphalt condition) and to the extent possible, are grouped by neighborhood. One might view it as a "coat of paint" for the streets to prevent damage from water and UV light. The locations for this year are shown on the project area map (see link above), identified in the legend as "Crack Filling & Chip Sealing."

Prior to applying the chip seal material, the major cracks in the pavements are filled with a rubberized compound. This may be done either during the prior year or shortly before the chip sealing.

The next step is to apply a layer of emulsified asphalt to the road surface immediately followed by a layer of small aggregate chips. At this point, traffic on the road can resume. A few days later, after traffic has helped to set the aggregate, the road is swept and the project is complete.

No daytime on-street parking will be allowed during the project, but access to driveways will be maintained whenever possible.

Sidewalk Maintenance Program

(Tom Weber: Email)
 
Each year the City inspects one-eighth of the City's neighborhoods to determine whether any sidewalks in those areas are deficient and in need of repair or replacement. More information can be found at the link below.