Excavating to start next week on Main Street

Contact with railroad has been made related to permit to run storm sewer underneath crossing
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Excavating work has been delayed until next week on phase two of Belgium’s Main Street reconstruction project.

Vinton Construction Co. was busy working on a different project, so crews couldn’t start excavating this week, Village Public Works Director Dan Birenbaum said.

Crews will start excavating the road on the east side of the railroad tracks to Beech Street.

Ozaukee County has yet to get a permit approved by Union Pacific Railroad to run storm sewer underneath the crossing, but Birenbaum said he received some positive news.

The railroad recently called the county with questions about the work, which means the company is addressing the permit application.

The state Department of Transportation initially didn’t think a permit was required, but later learned it is needed since the area near the crossing is a railroad right of way.

The county applied for a permit with the railroad and tried to expedite the approval process, but didn’t hear from the company for weeks.

Crews are doing what work they can in the meantime.

The cable and phone companies should be done installing cables underneath the crossing — they had already received their permits from the railroad — and poles could start to be taken down next week, Birenbaum said.

He advises drivers continue to take the detour route, which runs from Highway LL south to A, then to Highway 57 and back to Highway D.

The project cost is $6.9 million. State and federal grants will pay 80% of the cost with the county and village splitting the remaining 20%.

The Village Board in April unanimously approved borrowing $4.3 million for its portion of the Main Street reconstruction project. It is paying more than 10% because of upgraded street lights and burying power lines.

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