Road work plods on sans permit

Some tasks can be done before railroad allows storm sewer under crossing; next info meeting is June 28
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

Crews are doing as much work as possible on phase two of Belgium’s Main Street reconstruction project as a permit from the Union Pacific Railroad lies in wait.

Frontier Communications received its permit last Thursday and its wires are expected to be connected under the railroad tracks by the end of the week, Director of Public Works Dan Birenbaum said.

All storm sewer laterals are slated to be done by the end of the week. The permit to extend the storm sewer underneath the railroad crossing is the one holding up the project.

A certain amount of work may be done without the permit, Birenbaum said.

Next week, crews plan to start  excavating the road from the east side of the railroad tracks to Beech Street, Birenbaum said. After that, curb and gutter work will start.

Electrical poles on the east side of the project are also expected to be taken down.

“What we want to do is get everything done on the east side of the tracks,” Birenbaum said, “then go to the west side of the tracks.”

The paving schedule has yet to be determined, he said.

The second phase of the project runs from Beech Street west to the village limits.

The project completion date remains Sept. 28, but Birenbaum said the slow permit approval process could cause that to be delayed.

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 railroad right of way.

The county applied for a permit with the railroad and tried to expedite the approval process, but hasn’t yet received approval.

We Energies applied and received its permit to bury power lines under the railroad crossing a long time ago and has completed its work.

Vinton Construction of Manitowoc is the project’s general contractor, the same company that did the first phase last year.

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.

Overall borrowing costs are $125,000 less than estimated, mostly due to securing a lower interest rate than expected. The rate is 3.2562% on the 20-year loan.

The next public information meeting on the project is slated for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Village Hall.

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