Cold slows roadwork

Reconstruction of Main Street inches its way along toward the finish line
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

It wouldn’t be construction season in Wisconsin without some sort of delay, and Mother Nature has obliged on Belgium’s Main Street project.

“Too cold to work,” Public Works Director Dan Birenbaum said.

Crews pouring the final portion of concrete for sidewalks and approaches had to wait until the temperature returned to above 35 degrees.

That meant last Thursday was the last day of work until this Thursday, Nov. 15  — if the forecast calling for warmer weather holds.

It will take an expected five days to pour concrete on the final 600-foot portion from Elevator Lane east to Lakeside Foods, Birenbaum said.

After that, some final patches of sod need to be laid, but Birenbaum said he isn’t sure if it’s too cold for that. Project leaders were to discuss the issue at their weekly meeting on Thursday.

Work near the railroad crossing had already been delayed months as Ozaukee County waited for a permit from the Union Pacific Railroad.

Streetlights and street signs have been installed, and the road is open. But Birenbaum encourages people to take the detour route until the rest of the concrete is poured.

“It’s a lot easier for the concrete truck drivers,” Birenbaum said.

The route runs from Highway LL south to Highway A, then to Highway 57 and back to Highway D.

The two-phased project began last year with the second phase slated to be completed this fall.

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