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Officials cite weather as key reason for delay in wrapping up street work

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Catherine W. Idzerda
October 18, 2007

Over every civil engineer’s heart is a tattoo that reads, “Weather permitting.”


Well, we don’t actually know if that’s the case, but it should be.


We talked to city of Janesville engineers and others about the state of this summer’s street work, and the weather was a reoccurring theme.


Here’s where things stand:


-- Court Street replacement


Here’s some good news: “We’re only approved to work through Oct. 30,” said Kevin Eslick, project leader from Earthtech.


Here’s some better news: It’s almost done.


“We have to do some pavement markings, some touch-up and repair work,” Eslick said. “The landscaping is basically done, but we still have to plants trees.”


Pavement markings can’t be painted for 24 hours after a rain—and it’s supposed to rain today.


And here’s another change: The intersection of Court and Main will be redone to create a smoother transition to the newly finished road. The top layer was removed Wednesday, and weather permitting, the street should be resurfaced today.


-- Resurfacing North Parker Drive


Milling—grinding off the top layer of the street—was scheduled to be finished Wednesday and paving is expected to happen Friday, said Matt McGrath, Janesville senior engineer.


“It should all be done by next week, weather permitting,” McGrath said.


-- Changing the “danger curve” on County E


“It’s still in process, but it’s scheduled to be open by Monday of next week,” said Mike Payne, assistant engineering manager. “We’re paving today, and then putting in a gravel shoulder and guard rail. The pavement marking is scheduled for Saturday, since that’s supposed to be a sunny day.”


But rain is predicted for the next few days.


“It’s problematic,” said Payne. “When it doesn’t get above 65 degrees during the day, and it’s cloudy, things take much longer to dry.”


In the end, however, it’s going to be worth it.


“This project tremendously improved vision and safety on that curve,” Payne said.


-- Mineral Point Road from Parker High School to Austin Road


The rural road was widened from 22 feet to 46 feet, and turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalk were added.


The paving is complete. The contractors working on the high school parking lot still are hauling a lot of dusty materials out of school grounds. When they’re finished, the pavement markings will go down on the road.


Construction, which will continue through November, was delayed by some unexpected conflicts with utilities.


-- Resurfacing East Milwaukee Street from Ringold Street to Atwood Avenue


Final pavement markings and other odds and end should be finished up this week, McGrath said.


-- Roadwork surrounding the Oasis redevelopment


The city is adding turn lanes and realigning the Morse Street and Milton Avenue intersection.


Most of the work should be completed by Nov. 21, said Dennis Ryan, senior engineer.


-- West Racine Street between Center Avenue to the Rock River, including resurfacing and some reconstruction.


A new water main was installed in the terrace, so there was limited disruption to traffic. However, laterals from homes to the street had to be reconnected.


The resurfacing of the street will be completed soon.


-- Final touches to the work along Deerfield Avenue; resurfacing of some of the Milton Avenue frontage roads and resurfacing Riverside Street around Monterey Park.


All completed.


What’s its cost?

Resurfacing 11.6 miles of street this summer plus new curb and gutter costs about $1.5 million. About $300,000 of the curb and gutter work will be assessed to homeowners and landowners.


That $1.5 million doesn’t include the cost of Court Street work. The estimated cost of the Court Street project was $1.47 million, and about 80 percent will be paid with federal money. However, the project came in under budget and will cost an estimated $1.08 million. The remaining money will be transferred to other state projects.



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