Officials don’t anticipate full road closures of main corridor
By Jason Arndt
The Milwaukee Avenue resurfacing project, spanning nearly two miles, will soon begin in the City of Burlington. Burlington officials recently posted signs along Milwaukee Avenue notifying motorists that construction will begin on March 27.
According to city officials, construction will run through July.
The $2.5 million project is a collaboration between the city and state Department of Transportation through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by Congress in 2021.
While the state has committed 80% of the project cost, estimated at about $2 million, the city will be responsible for about $514,000 plus engineering expenses.
Engineer Kapur and Associates, Inc wrote in a public involvement plan submitted in May 2022 that the project focuses on a 1.7-mile segment from Teut Road and Highway W, otherwise known as Browns Lake Drive, with the targeted objective of resolving deteriorating conditions on one of the most prominent corridors in the city.
“The purpose of the project is to address the deteriorating pavement condition and the decreased ride quality along this 1.7-mile segment of Milwaukee Avenue,” Kapur wrote in a memorandum to officials.
The project includes milling the existing asphalt surface and overlaying with a minimum of three inches of new asphalt pavement on driving lanes and shoulders, the memorandum added.
Other improvements include removing and repairing damaged curb and gutter, adding curb and gutter to the Walton Road left turn lane, curb ramp and ADA updates, streetscape improvements, new pavement markings as well as roadway signage updates.
Most importantly, according to the public involvement plan, officials have no plans for a full closure of Milwaukee Avenue.
“During construction, work will be staged to allow one lane of through traffic in each direction,” the plan states. “Local and emergency vehicle access will be provided throughout construction with the implementation of several construction stages.”
For additional information, including update project details, visit the City of Burlington website at www.burlington-wi.gov.
See the March 23 print edition of the Standard Press for the full story.