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Falls wraps up construction projects as 2012 comes to a close

Village staff evaluating roads for future construction

Dec. 4, 2012

Menomonee Falls - Crews were busy in Menomonee Falls throughout the 2012 construction season.

As the year comes to a close, projects both big and small are wrapping up in time for the new year. Director of Engineering Tom Hoffman provided a construction update on Monday to the Village Board, detailing the numerous completed projects.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation bridge that connects Water Street over U.S. Highway 41/45 is open for pedestrian use. The DOT funded the majority of the rehabilitation project. The village contributed $149,000 that went toward decorative elements including LED lighting and painting.

The environmental cleanup of the old Stolper/Western Industries site located west of Pilgrim Road and south of Highway 45 in Tax Incremental Finance District No. 8 is now in the one- to two-year monitoring phase. The environmental cleanup of contaminated groundwater took two years.

The detention ponds located on two sides of the property are also complete, which allows for Ryan Companies to begin construction this winter of a medical and wellness facility, Hoffman said. Froedtert Health and the Wisconsin Athletic Club will fill the new building once constructed.

An abundance of asphalt and water main projects were completed in 2012. Stark Asphalt put in new storm and sewer equipment, as well as new curbs and gutters on Cleveland Road to Jefferson Avenue. The project cost $512,000.

Among the slew of projects was the Water Street reconstruction that was completed from County Line Road to Megal Drive. The road was rebuilt and, per the water department's request, the water main was upgraded from 8 inches to 12 inches. The Water Street project cost $322,000.

The village completed floodway improvements in the Silver Meadows Subdivision for $523,000. The improvements occurred as result of flooding in July 2010 where residents could not get out of the subdivision and roads were closed for 24 hours.

The Water Utility department also repainted the Kohler Lane water tower.

The village rates its roads every three years using the Pavement Surface Evaluation Rating System that is used by all municipalities to maintain cohesion between them. Roads are rated on a scale of one to 10 then mapped in various colors to show where the most and least work needs to be done.

"There is a formula for reconstruction when we look at roads that need to be worked on," Hoffman said.

He said the village is currently in the review process and updating the map.

"Then we have guidelines set up for what type of maintenance to do on roadways," Hoffman said.

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