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Menomonee Falls Parkway, Megal Drive water main among notable 2013 projects

Village officials plan to start Mill Pond dredging in 2014

Dec. 3, 2013

Menomonee Falls — Village officials received an update Monday on notable construction projects completed in 2013 and looked ahead to the next year.

One of the most costly and noteworthy projects from 2013 was the the first phase of Falls Parkway, a new village road that serves the recently opened Wisconsin Athletic Club and Froedtert Health building. That project, running from Pilgrim Road to the new development, included a chunk of landscaping and infrastructure work. It cost $1.5 million, Director of Engineering Thomas Hoffman said.

The village completed a $470,000 water main replacement project on Megal Drive that had previously experienced frequent breaks in the line. As part of the project, a new water main was put under the freeway by the Falls pedestrian bridge that will allow for a new connection by Alto-Shamm, a kitchen supply company located in the village. The pavement on Megal Drive will be reconstructed in 2014.

After completing the water main replacement project on St. James Drive last year, the road was reconstructed in 2013 that included new storm sewer systems.

In a 50/50 split with Milwaukee, the village reconstructed 124th Street from Main Street to County Line Road. Ditches and drainage issues were fixed as part of the project, Hoffman said.

There were 26 single family lots added to the Quail Haven subdivision this year. The village put in 0.37 miles of road to accommodate the new lots.

The Village Board on Monday approved the a contract with Kraus Excavating to begin the second phase of maintenance at Lepper Dam and Mill Pond in the amount of $89,000. This project will begin at the start of the new year, although it is funded out of the 2013 capital projects budget.

In 2013, the village completed the first phase of maintenance on the dam, which include adding new stainless steel gates rather than steel. The village also pressure washed the dam, filled in cracks and redid the concrete. The second phase of the project, Hoffman said, includes dredging Mill Pond. Four to six feet of sediment that has built up behind the dam over the years will be removed, he said.

"It holds water and affects the mortar of the dam and the structural integrity," Hoffman said.

Kraus Excavating will take out 5,000 cubic yards of material. The material will be trucked to waste management since it is considered contaminated. The work is anticipated to be complete by the end of April at which time the water will be added back to the pond.

In February, staff will start to propose construction projects for 2014, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said.

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