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Main Street project could cost $10 million

Village of Sussex — The reconstruction of Main Street from west of Maple Avenue to Waukesha Avenue is expected to cost between $8 million and $10 million, but that estimate does not include the anticipated costs of burying overhead utility lines, according to Village officials.

"One thing that is dear to me in this project is having the utility lines buried and the power poles gone," said Village President Greg Goetz.

Goetz and some trustees believe burying the power lines could be an ultimate compliment to the reconstruction and beautification of Main Street that is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Village officials and trustees have emphasized the importance of the project because they believe that the appearance of Main Street may define the village's image and help attract new economic development for the next 50 years. However, the cost of burying private, overhead utility lines might be prohibitive.

Newly appointed Village Engineer Judith Neu told village trustees last week that she has had preliminary discussions with utility companies about the probable cost to the village to bury the overhead lines.

She said that company officials told her the plans for the reconstruction of Main Street needed be nearer to completion before they can provide accurate cost estimates.

Village staff and consultants estimate that basic costs for ripping up the street, repairing or replacing existing sewer, water and stormwater buried beneath the street, and rebuilding and resurfacing the street will cost about $5.3 million

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith and Public Works Director Melissa Weiss emphasized the $5.3 million estimate does not include sidewalks, street lights, traffic signals or beautification such as street trees, boulevard plantings, benches and decorative sidewalks.

The cost of the beautification cannot be estimated until the village trustees decide what amenities they want to include in the project, Smith explained.

But when pressed by Geotz, Smith offered a "ball park" estimate of somewhere between about $8.5 and $10 million.

Part of the underground public utility repair work will include relocating a water main from the north side of Main Street to the south side of Main Street from near Maple Avenue to Silver Spring Drive.

The staff explained there are two reasons for moving the water the main south. There is a cemetery at Maple Avenue which limits the amount of space available for both public and private utility lines and equipment. Moving the water main provides more space and easier maintenance.

In addition, moving the main to the south of side of the street will match the main that is located on the south side of the street between Silver Spring and Waukesha Avenue.

The street will be widened by about two fee in order to provide extra space for parking stalls and left turn lanes. The plan calls for 204 on-street parking stalls.

Contractors are expected to repair or replace underground public utility equipment when necessary. Private utility companies have been warned they are expected to make longterm repairs and replacements of their buried equipment during the construction expected to begin in 2018.

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