Work will precede replacement of downtown bridge

By Jason Arndt

Staff Writer

Reconstructing Jefferson Street in downtown Burlington is among many projects the city plans to consider under a proposed engineering services contract with Kapur and Associates.

The municipal engineering firm, according to city officials, proposes to perform services for $169,286. The matter is set for final consideration on Dec. 7 from the Common Council.

Peter Riggs, director of public works, said reconstruction of Jefferson Street runs from Pine to Bridge streets and will include complete replacement of the road surface, base, curb and gutter, driveway aprons and sidewalks where needed.

Additional work consists of sanitary sewer and water main replacement, including one crossing the Fox River, Riggs wrote to the Common Council.

Kapur and Associates, meanwhile, indicated in its memorandum the Jefferson Street work covers two blocks from Pine Street to the Canadian National Railroad crossing.

“This work is planned to be completed in advance of the Jefferson Street bridge replacement scheduled for the following year 2023,” Kapur and Associates wrote in a memorandum, adding the section extends 625-feet and is rated in poor condition.

The Jefferson Street portion of the project also includes replacement of a 610-foot sanitary sewer installed in 1970, Kapur and Associates states, adding it also encompasses upgrading 850-feet of six-inch water main installed more than a century ago.

“In addition to the Jefferson Street work, and in advance of the Jefferson Street bridge replacement, a water main replacement is required across the Fox River,” Kapur states.

The project includes the replacing 250-feet of water main, which had been installed around 1908, using trenchless technologies from the west side of the Jefferson Street bridge to Spring Street under the Fox River.

The Jefferson Street project is part of the city’s 2022 street improvement program and consists of other planned work within Burlington.