Failing Blueberry Rd. among projects backed for summer attention
Tending to battered roads has been an ongoing battle in the Town of Saukville, but town officials hope they made a dent in the problem last week by approving a paving contract with Scott Construction of Lake Delton.
The contractor proposes to install a new wedge of asphalt on the targeted roads, then recreate a crown and seal the pavement.
The work will include 4,350 feet of Northwoods Road and 4,023 feet of Highview Road. Approximately 2,600 feet of new pavement is also planned on the curve of Hickory Road to Highview Road.
After inspecting Blueberry Road, the contractor determined the road may not be as bad as previously thought.
“The contractor said it is not actually a floating road built on logs,” Town Chairman Don Hamm said, making reference to conditions officials believed existed on the road.
Instead, the company said the failing Blueberry Road can be greatly enhanced by doing hand patching on 3,274 feet of roadway south from Hawthorn Drive, and completing the wedge and seal-coat process for 5,329 feet from Hawthorn Drive to the Fredonia town line.
In all, the five projects will cost $201,000.
Scott Construction was the only bidder for the work.
“We have been talking about work on Northwoods Road for four or five years and Highview Road forever,” Hamm said.
Supr. Curt Rutkowski, who monitors roads for the town, said the work would likely extend the useful life of the roads for six years.
“I think this is a cost-effective way to bring these roads to the point we are comfortable with them,” Rutkowski said.
Underlining Rutkowski’s point, a representative from the paving company said it would cost about $75,000 to apply a pavement overlay on a mile of road or $100,000 if that same mile is pulverized and rebuilt.
The approved work will cover about 3-1/2 miles of the town’s 40 miles of roads.
The paving work is expected to start in four to six weeks.
Town supervisors also approved gravel work and shouldering where needed during the coming months.
The efforts to upgrade town roads were not universally praised.
Town resident Al Gosewehr questioned how officials determined which roads should get attention first.
Gosewehr previously suggested the town use a traffic counter to document which roads get more use, and said Hawthorn and Hillcrest roads are in significantly worse condition.
Rutkowski said it would be a time-consuming process to post traffic counters on all town roads to verify which are most heavily used.
“If we had to conduct traffic counts on all of our roads, nothing would get done on any of the roads this year,” he said.