Road project returns to initial plan

But Main Street schedule is pushed back later into fall due to long wait for permit from railroad
Ozaukee Press Staff

The long-awaited permit from the railroad has allowed officials to return to their initial plans for phase 2 of the Main Street reconstruction project in Belgium, but not the original schedule.

Ozaukee County had been waiting for months to receive a permit from the Union Pacific Railroad to do storm sewer work under the crossing.

The county initially didn’t think it needed a permit but later found the railroad required it. Officials found difficulty in communicating with the railroad and went back and forth with questions about the permit before receiving approval.

The plan now is for boring work to be done Oct. 1. By the time the storm sewer is installed, it could be mid-October, Public Works Director Dan Birenbaum said.

The project’s initial completion date was Sept. 28.

During that work, one lane of traffic should be open at all times, Birenbaum said, but travelers should take the detour route until the project is done.

“It’s going to be inconvenient,” he said. “They’re encouraged to use the detour.”

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

While waiting for the permit, officials reached the point of hiring a company to examine the storm sewer under the railroad crossing with a camera in order to determine if the pipe needed to be replaced. Once the permit was approved, it was decided to replace the pipe.

This month, crews are installing sidewalks, starting on the north side of the street on the west end of the project and working toward Elevator Lane.

Birenbaum said crews will put gravel between residents’ driveways and the curbs so they can use their driveways at least part of the time in the next few weeks.

People with disabilities who need help getting into their driveways should call the field office at (920) 323-6714.

Crews are also installing conduit and bases for streetlights.

Recent rains have not impacted the project, Birenbaum said.

After installing curbing on Aug. 28, crews let it dry the rest of the week, he said.



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