N. Grand Ave and South St Utility and Street Reconstruction

Project Update June 16, 2017


 
Activity has been high in the work zone this past week, and even more concrete has been poured within the project limits. The project continues to move along rapidly, and below is a breakdown of the work the contractor was able to complete, and what they anticipate working on next week:

Water Main


Water main work for this project has been completed.

Storm Sewer


The contractor was able to complete the storm sewer lining along N. Grand Avenue this week, and that should wrap up the storm sewer lining for this project.
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Sanitary Sewer


The contractor was able to complete the mainline sanitary sewer lining along N. Grand Avenue and South St. this week, and only the sanitary sewer laterals that need to be lined remain to be completed.

Roadway
The contractor was able to remove just about all of the existing sidewalk within the project limits, and has been pouring the new concrete walk and driveways yesterday and today. They hope to have the rest of the sidewalk poured within the project limits by the end of today, and have been working with the businesses to make sure access is maintained at all times. With the sidewalk being completed, next week the contractor is planning to begin the process of setting up for the brick paver terrace adjacent to the sidewalk. They will be placing the base aggregate in the terrace, pouring the concrete base for the pavers mid-week, and hope to start the brick paver placement by the end of next week. They will also be looking to place the new trees and tree grates within the terrace area in conjunction with the brick paver placement.

Just as a reminder to everyone, that even with the new pavement being placed, the roadway remains closed to through traffic, and the parking also remains closed within the project limits until the completion of the project. With the brick pavers still to be placed for the streetscape, there will still be high activity within the project limits with equipment and large vehicles moving around the work zone. Access will be available to alleys and driveways as it has been throughout the project once the concrete has cured.

UPDATE: About half of the new sidewalk has been poured within the project limits today, and the rest of the areas have been prepped and formed for the concrete placement.  With the events scheduled for the downtown area tonight and this weekend, the remaining sidewalk will be poured on Monday (weather permitting) of next week.

Street Lighting
The electrical contractor will be pouring new concrete light bases in conjunction with the roadway work throughout the week. They have completed some of the bases where available, and have prepared others to pour early next week.

Thank you for your continued cooperation with this reconstruction project, and If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me.

Project Engineer contact information
Brandon Schwenn, P.E.
262-524-3585
bschwenn@waukesha-wi.gov

Project Update June 14, 2017



The contractor has made a slight change of plans on the sidewalk removal that I mentioned below. They will be starting the walk removal today, but they will be starting at the driveway to 741 N. Grand Avenue, then working their way to the south, and then clockwise around the project limits as the week moves on. After the walk removal they will be placing aggregate base course, and setting forms in preparation to pour the walk on Thursday (if possible) and Friday. They will be maintaining access to all entrances and doorways within the project limits. The reason for the change, was to expedite the sidewalk placement, and the project overall. They are anticipating having all of the sidewalk poured within the project limits by end of the day on Friday (weather permitting). Notices were delivered to property owners and businesses adjacent to the project regarding any access restriction to driveways due to the shifting of schedule.

The storm sewer lining is also still scheduled as stated below for tonight and tomorrow night, and notices should have been sent out by the lining contractor as well.

Thank you for your continued cooperation with this reconstruction project, and If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me.

Project Engineer contact information
Brandon Schwenn, P.E.
262-524-3585
bschwenn@waukesha-wi.gov

Project Update June 9, 2017


 
The great weather this week allowed major progress to take place within the project limits. Below is a breakdown of the work the contractor was able to complete, and what they anticipate working on next week:
 
Water Main
Water main work for this project has been completed.

Sanitary Sewer
The contractor will be looking to complete the sanitary sewer lining within the project limits over the course of Wednesday night (Lining on South St.), and Thursday night (Lining on N. Grand Avenue – Wisconsin to South St.). The work will take place between the hours of 9pm and 7am in order to reduce the impact to residents and businesses within the project limits. There will be sewer outages during the work hours within the limits of that nights work, and notices should be going out to residents from the contractor either today or early next week.

Storm Sewer
The new storm sewer placement for the project has been completed. The contractor was able to complete the storm sewer lining along South St. this week, and will be looking to do the last piece of storm sewer lining next week along N. Grand Avenue on Wednesday night, in conjunction with the sanitary sewer lining that will be completed Wednesday night as well. Just a reminder that during the lining process there is typically a smell of glue/adhesive/resin, and depending on the weather can travel outside of the reconstruction project limits.

Roadway

The contractor was able to pour the concrete curb and gutter, parking lanes, and roadway pavement throughout the project limits this week. (There is one small section that was left out and still needs to be complete on the east side of N. Grand Avenue near the 5-points intersection). The driveways within the project limits will have access again at 8 am on Tuesday (6/13) morning, until the driveway apron/approach is poured, and the contractor will work with the property owners during that last restriction. Next week the contractor will be removing the existing sidewalk and pouring new sidewalk along the west side of N. Grand Avenue from South St. to West Broadway, and along the north side of South St. from N. Grand Avenue to Clinton St. This work will begin on Wednesday and the pouring will complete on Friday (weather permitting). The contractor will maintain access to all businesses by placing a material over the new concrete when it is poured.

 

Just as a reminder to everyone, that even with the new pavement being placed, the roadway remains closed to through traffic, and the parking also remains closed within the project limits until the completion of the project. With the sidewalk and brick pavers still to be placed for the streetscape, there will still be high activity within the project limits with equipment and large vehicles moving around the work zone. Access will be available to alleys and driveways as it has been throughout the project.

 

Street Lighting

The electrical contractor will be pouring new concrete bases for the street lighting beginning on Wednesday. They will be working starting alongside the areas that the sidewalk is being replaced this week.

 

Thank you very much for your cooperation with this year’s downtown reconstruction project, and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Project Engineer contact information
Brandon Schwenn, P.E.
262-524-3585
bschwenn@waukesha-wi.gov

 Traffic Control Plan

Phase 1

·         Traffic Signal at N. Grand Avenue/Wisconsin Avenue in all way red flash (Treated as All-Way Stop)

·         Wisconsin Avenue: 1 Lane in each direction, lanes shifted to southern side of roadway

·         N. Grand Avenue (south of Wisconsin Avenue): Reduced to 1 lane for both east and west turning movements

·         N. Grand Avenue (north of Wisconsin Avenue): Closed to through traffic for roadway reconstruction

 

Phase 2

·         Traffic Signal at N. Grand Avenue/Wisconsin Avenue in all way red flash (Treated as All-Way Stop)

·         Wisconsin Avenue: 1 Lane in each direction, lanes split around construction work zone

·         N. Grand Avenue (south of Wisconsin Avenue): Reduced to 1 lane for both east and west turning movements

·         N. Grand Avenue (north of Wisconsin Avenue): Closed to through traffic for roadway reconstruction

 

I have also attached a .pdf of the proposed traffic control plan that describes the 2 phases, which may help visualize the descriptions. This work is anticipated to take 3-5 days (weather dependent). With the traffic signal being placed in all way red flash, and the intersection operating as an all way stop, this may cause delays in the area. During this work utilizing an alternate route around the proposed work area may be advantageous. 

 

Attachments that were discussed at the PIM on Feb 20, 2017
Parking Map
PIM 2 Handout
Project Layout_Grand and South_Render_11x17
The City of Waukesha will be reconstructing N. Grand Avenue from Wisconsin Avenue to W. Main St. and South Street from Clinton ST. to N. Grand Avenue in 2017.  The project will include installation of new water main, relay and lining of the sanitary sewer main and laterals, storm sewer rehabilitation, pedestrian ramp reconstruction, sidewalk replacement and installation of a wider stone paver terrace.  Some existing trees within the terrace will be removed as a part of the project and new street trees will be planted.

Downtown Street Phasing Map

A Public Information meeting was held on Jan 18, 2017.  At the Informational meeting the following handouts were distributed:

PIM Informational Handout

Project Layout