(Prairie Du Chien, WI – July 9th 2014) – In an effort to keep the Marquette Road project on schedule for completion in 2014, a change in the construction schedule will take place later this month. The project is currently three weeks behind schedule due to adverse weather conditions in the past few weeks. Rain water washing sand into storm sewer pipes has accounted for part of the delay. A delay in the contractor gaining access to BNSF Railroad property adjacent to Marquette Road has also contributed to the delay. Portions of the delay also came from unanticipated underground conflicts and complications with utilities.
“The primary reason for this change is to accomplish the goal of completing the project in 2014,” said City Administrator Aaron Kramer. “We have heard from impacted businesses and residents that there is little to no support to see this project stretch into 2015. I appreciate the efforts the DOT is making to respond to those concerns.”
As a result, the contractor will be allowed to begin removing pavement and working on underground utilities north of Hayden Street to Washington Street (Phase 4) prior to the current work area (Phases 1 and 2) being open to traffic. The work on Phase 4 will begin the week of July 28th. Due to this work, the Washington Street crossing on Marquette Road will be closed. Traffic from Highway 27 will be directed north on Ohio Street to McLeod Street. Allowing Phase 4 to commence prior to Phase 3 will maintain the Blackhawk Avenue crossing of Marquette Road.Businesses interested in learning more about the change in the project schedule, as well as any other issue related to the project, are encouraged to attend the next Public Information meeting, scheduled for Wednesday July 16th at 2:30 PM at City Hall.
* The intersection of North Main and Washington
Street has been converted to a four-way stop. Parking on the east side
of North Main (Blackhawk Avenue to Frederick Street) is now temporarily
prohibited due the fact North Main is now being used
as a detour route for the Marquette Road project. The Iowa, Wisconsin
and Blackhawk intersections on Main Street are all now four-way stops
with signalized stop-and-go lights. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 326-6406.
* The alley from Blackhawk Avenue to Webster Street west of Marquette Road is open to through traffic, despite rumors to the contrary.
NOTICE! Alliant Energy is scheduling utility
work for Sunday night May 18th from approximately 11:00pm through 5:00am
Monday morning May 19th, along Marquette Road from Wisconsin Street
north to Walgreens and Wisconsin Street south to Webster Street.
Power will be interrupted on both sides of the alley affecting Illinois Street and Marquette Road customers on the west side of Marquette Road.
Alliant staff will be going door to door to inform the affected customers of this planned outage.
The Marquette Road/Blackhawk Avenue traffic lights will be off during the work and stop signs on Blackhawk Avenue will be in place at the intersection.
Some of the first pieces of equipment showed up for the Marquette Road project Thursday, May 8. Breaking of the concrete pavement was completed Friday and Saturday. Removal of the concrete pavement from just north of Crawford Street up to Iowa Street will take place the first part of this week. Sanitary sewer and water main work will begin on the south end of the project.
Currently, Marquette Road can be crossed at Wisconsin and Iowa Streets, north of the project limits. At the south project limits, Crawford Street is open to Marquette. Other than that, access across Marquette will be allowed (except for about one day in the coming weeks) for customers of O’Reilly Auto Parts only. In general, side road access will be allowed up to Marquette Road throughout construction for accessing businesses and residences; the exception will be when work is occurring directly on that side road. At this time, Marquette Road itself is open south of Crawford Street and north of Iowa Street.
Access to businesses and residences is being maintained through side streets, alleys and temporary gravel beginning this week in the construction zone.
The start of Stage 2 may be about one to two weeks away. This will happen after Main Street is no longer flooded and the risk of flooding in the immediate future drops. At that time, Marquette Road will be closed at Iowa and Wisconsin Streets, in addition to what is currently closed.
It should be noted that three-way stops exist now at Iowa Street/Main Street and Wisconsin Street/Main Street and East Crawford Street/Dousman Street by PdC High School. Also, until further notice, the intersection of South Dousman Street and East Iowa Street has been converted to a four-way stop. The city has implemented temporary “no parking” orders in certain areas as well.
Provided by WisDOT Project Leader Jay Adams