Howells remains hopeful road project can be completed in 2017
Main Street reconstruction plans are progressing as scheduled, Village of Belgium President Rich Howells said.
Topographical surveying for elevations and locating sewer and water lines under the street are close to completion, according to a timeline from Fond du Lac-based
Gremmer & Associates, the engineer selected for the project.
“Everything is right on track with the project,” Howells said. “The surveying should give the engineers a better idea of what kind of design they can do on Main Street.”
When Ozaukee County and the village signed a contract for the project earlier this year, a timeline called for reconstruction of the road to be finished by 2017.
The state is anticipating a 2018 completion date, Howells said, but the village is still hopeful for a late 2017 end to the work.
The village and county selected
Gremmer & Associates to be the project engineer in May and 30% of its design work should be completed in December, Howells said.
It will be reviewed in March, according to Gremmer & Associates.
Several public information meetings on the project will be held, with the first one scheduled for January.
An operational planning meeting is also scheduled for next month, where proposed roadway options like parking and bike/pedestrian lanes and sidewalks will be discussed.
Design work is expected to continue throughout the winter, with 60% of the engineering completed by next October, according to a tentative timeline from the Ozaukee County Highway Department.
“There may not be a physical presence in the winter, but nonstop work is taking place between now and the day the project is closed out,” Howells said.
Right of way acquisition is expected to be completed between May and October.
Village officials learned in February that it may be on the hook to acquire rights of way for 53 property owners on Main Street.
That was confirmed when talking to its assessor, Accurate Appraisals, Howells said.
Main Street was constructed before
Belgium was incorporated as a village in 1922.
When it became a village, officials should have acquired rights of way on the properties adjacent to Main Street.
“We will more than likely have to hire a company to handle the transactions with the property owners,” Howells said.
Once design plans are submitted next year, specifications for the project should be sent to the village by December 2015 with bid opening slated for March 2016.
Construction could begin by June 2016, according to county documents, although the county conceded that is an “aggressive” schedule.
The $4.2 million project is being split between the state of Wisconsin, Ozaukee County and the Village of Belgium.
A state grant is covering 80% of the project, leaving the remaining $840,000 to be split between the county and village.
The 1.4-mile project spans from the western village limits to Highway LL.
Portions of the road will include new sidewalks and stormwater mains and private laterals. Decorative lighting, permanent and temporary signs and minimal grading will also be included.
Although the road was resurfaced earlier this year, that was just a temporary fix, officials said.
The road was last improved in 1985.