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Summit Avenue resurfaced in 2014, see what to expect at meeting Jan. 31

Meeting on Thursday to explain status of upcoming project

City of Oconomowoc - Summit Avenue will get a new surface in 2014, so city officials are inviting you Thursday to a meeting about how it will impact things on the city thoroughfare. A short presentation will begin at 6 in City Hall council chambers followed by an open house with city officials and engineers.

Public Works Director Mark Frye said the city received grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for 80 percent or $1,334,400 of the $1,668,000 project.

Frye said design plans should be ready by September and the DOT will let out bids in February of 2014 with construction between April and September. The project will be broken into two sections. "The section from Main Street to George Street will have spot replacement of curb and sidewalk with a new asphalt surface. The lane widths will remain the same," Frye said.

He said the second section is between George Street to just before the Thackeray Trail. In 2016, the Thackeray intersection will be reconstructed as part of the DOT's Highway 67 widening project.

"Starting at George Street the asphalt will be removed to expose the old concrete street. We will rubblize (break up) the old concrete and put down a new asphalt surface. Spot replacement of the curb and sidewalk will also be done in this section," Frye said.

Frye added they are proposing a new lane configuration between Forest Street and Thackeray Trail. "This section will be similar to Wisconsin Avenue with one drive lane in each direction and a center two-way left turn lane," he said. There will also be on-street bike lanes.

Summit Avenue will have to be closed during work between to through traffic during the work between Main and Forest streets. "Emergency vehicles, residents and people having a destination in the section will be able to travel in this construction area. There are different options using local streets to get around the construction as well as the bypass to Wisconsin Avenue," Frye said.

He said the work between Forest Street and Thackeray Trail will be completed "under traffic" Frye said encouraging people who do not have a destination in the construction zone to use the bypass to minimize congestion.

He said detours are still in the planning stage and officials will work with the hospital, school and businesses on establishing safe access through the construction zone.

Thursday's meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave. There will be a short presentation on the project and a chance to visit with representatives. For more information, or if you can't attend the meeting, call Russ Barry at (262) 542-5733.

If you go

What: Summit Avenue resurfacing meeting

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31

Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Info: Russ Barry (262) 542-5733

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