Construction Projects & Reports
Construction of the Downtown East Gateway project began on June 17, 2014. All businesses will remain open through construction, which is expected to be complete by mid-September. This project will repair deteriorated underground infrastructure, improve bicycle and pedestrian access, address the awkward intersection north of the railroad tracks, and enhance the appearance of this important gateway to downtown. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Assistant City Manager, Chris McDonell, at 262-473-0139 or .
Work anticipated week of: 7-21-14 through 7-25-14
-The contractor will mainly focus on the proposed storm sewer work in the Mill Race and Millpond areas. Restoration of the disturbed areas will likely occur soon after storm sewer and grading has been completed.
East Stage - Project Area east of Whitewater Creek
-The concrete wall for the vault abandonment will likely be poured early in the week.
-They will likely start sanitary sewer lateral and water service installation later in the week once the required testing has been completed. Once laterals and services are completed on the East stage of the project there will likely be some planned water service outages to allow the contractor to tie-in the new water main to the existing system. Affected businesses and residents will be provided notice of the planned outage.
West Stage - Project Area west of the Mill Race
As underground utility work on the east stage of the project nears completion, work will begin on the west stage. Ultimately, this will result in closure of the Main Street/Whitewater Street intersection.
Work completed week of: 7-14-14 through 7-18-14
Monday - The contractor’s first crew finished installation of the remaining water main in the East Main and Cherry Street intersection. The second crew finished installation of the remaining water main in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Street Intersection. The contractor also started to clear and grub brush near the Mill Race area. They also removed the existing chain-link fencing and aging railroad tie landscaping.
Tuesday - The contractor’s first crew installed the new hydrant near the Wisconsin and East Main Street Intersection. They then moved to the Jefferson Street intersection to finish installation of the remaining water main. The second crew continued to remove brush and trees in the Mill Race area. They also installed erosion control in the Mill Race area. A sandbag barrier was installed downstream of the project area. They slowly dewatered the water trapped in the work area throughout the day while they began demolition of the existing Mill Race structure.
Wednesday - The contractor combined both crews to work in the Mill Race area. Demolition of the existing Mill Race structure continued throughout the day. The contractor also starting placing fill in the Mill Race area to accommodate installation of the new Mill Race culvert. Later that night, a water main break unrelated to the project work occurred in the Cherry and East Main Street Intersection. City staff responded to the break and were able to return service to the area early Thursday morning. The location where the break occurred will eventually be abandoned once the proposed water main in the intersection is tied into the existing system.
Thursday - The contractor’s combined crews began installation of the 48-inch storm sewer in the Mill Race area. Once the new end-wall and cut-off wall were installed the contractor began placement of rip-rap. Additional fill was added as the proposed storm sewer was installed to the south. The city's Geotechnical consultant was on-site monitoring and documenting compaction of fill material placed in the Mill Race area. The structural subcontractor was onsite to setup forms for the proposed concrete bulkhead on the north end of the existing Mill Race structure near the Baker Building northwest foundation corner. The conduits for the new street lighting and future fiber optic were bored under the railroad tracks.
Friday - The contractor continued to place fill in the Mill Race area. They also worked on partial restoration of the east slope within the Mill Race area. The structural subcontractor poured the concrete bulkhead that was formed up the prior workday. They also started to demolish portions of the buried vault in front of 113 East Main Street. The structural subcontractor started to set up forms for the proposed concrete wall later that day. The DNR made a site visit to review work occurring in the Mill Race and Millpond areas. The contractor was not notified of any violations.
Work completed week of: 7-7-14 through 7-11-14
Monday - The contractor continued 8-inch sanitary sewer installation on East Main Street. A second crew mobilized to the job site to continue with water main installation in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Street intersection.
Tuesday - The contractor's first crew continued sanitary sewer installation on East Main Street. The second crew began installation of the 12-inch water main south of the railroad track casing bore and jack. They were able to complete installation of the new fire hydrant in front of Flora Villa.
Wednesday - The contractor's first crew continued 8-inch sanitary sewer installation on East Main Street near the Cherry Street intersection. They were unable to make connection to existing manhole due to poor structure conditions. A new sanitary sewer manhole will be installed after the water main installation in the intersection has been completed. The crew later in the day began installation of the 8-inch water main on East Main Street working east towards the Cherry Street intersection. The second crew continued water main installation in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Street intersection.
Thursday - The contractor's first crew continued 8-inch water main installation on East M ain Street. The second crew continued 12-inch water main installation in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Street intersection.
Friday - The contractor did not work.
Work completed week of: 6-30-14 through 7-4-14
Monday - The contractor continued water main installation west of the Jefferson Street intersection.
Tuesday - The contractor completed the field core connections to the sanitary sewer interceptor manhole in the Jefferson Street intersection. They began installation of the sanitary sewer west to SAN MH-5. They stopped short of the new manhole location.
Wednesday - The contractor installed SAN MH-5. The contractor began installation of sanitary sewer east towards SAN MH-10.
Thursday - The contractor continued sanitary sewer installation east from SAN MH-6 working towards SAN MH-10.
Friday - The contractor did not work.
Work completed week of: 6-23-14 through 6-27-14
Monday - Contractor prepared bore pit for casing installation under the railroad tracks. The casing installation started
in the afternoon. And would not be finished until the following day.
Tuesday - The contractor was able to complete the installation of the casing. Watermain piping was assembled and installed within the casing. Contractor began water main installation working North.
Wednesday - The contractor continued water main installation. They hit the existing watermain that was unable to be located which caused a water service outage for several residents and businesses.
Thursday - The contractor continued water main installation on Main Street. A utility coordination meeting was held to discuss schdeule and overall plan for We Energies intended gas main work. They were able to accomodate the project schedule by partially abandoning some extra mains near the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Street intersection. We Energies that they have 3 weeks of work remaining until they would be completed.
Friday - The contractor did not work.
June 17, 2014 - Construction has begun today with the rubbilization of concrete. WE Energies Gas has begun the reolcatoin of their lines within the project limits.