Northview Rd Utility and Street Reconstruction
Project Update Sept 21, 2018
Despite some wet weather this week adjusting the anticipated schedule a bit, the contractor was able to continue with pouring additional concrete pavement this week, and also continued the water main construction on the far east end of the project. The contractor completed the paving of the center turn lane(s) between Tallgrass Cir. and Emslie Dr. yesterday, and is completing the final pavement preparation on the remaining south side today. They are also completing some rip-rap placement on the far west end of the project today as well.
On Monday (9/24) of next week the contractor will be pouring the south side of the Northview Rd. through lane and shoulder pavement. The contractor will be looking to complete the paving the entire length of the project from just west of Tallgrass Cir. to the eastern reconstruction limit. There will be a couple points of access restrictions with this paving operation. First off, all the driveways on the south side of Northview Rd., adjacent to the new concrete pavement will have no access during the paving operation, and access will remain restricted through the week. With the paving occurring right away Monday morning, all vehicles that you plan on using in the next 1-1.5 weeks, need to be removed from driveways, and parked along adjacent side streets beginning on Monday 9/24 at 6:00 am. (Access will be available over this weekend, but please plan accordingly to remove vehicles before 6:00am Monday). The second item to note, is that access from Tallgrass Cir. to Northview Rd. (And vice-versa) will be closed during the paving operation, and through the week until concrete cure time is achieved. Because of the length of paving scheduled, the contractor will be starting up equipment 1 hour earlier than normal on Monday (6am) and will be beginning paving operations at roughly 6:30am. Also, please note, that there again will be late night saw cutting of the concrete pavement the day that the south side pavement is poured. This is a required process with concrete pavement, and the cutting must be done within a specific window of time. The contractor will work quickly the complete the cutting as soon as possible. We apologize in advance for the anticipated noise, however, this should be the last occurrence of long, late night duration saw cutting on the project.
Once the cure time is achieved (mid-week) on the pavement poured on Monday, the contractor will be pouring the curb and gutter, as well as, new driveway approaches adjacent to the south side properties. By stacking these operations back to back, the south side property driveway access restriction will continue through the week until the cure time is also achieved on the curb and gutter and driveway aprons. The positive of this is that once the aprons are complete and cure time is achieved, there will be no further restrictions to the south side driveways. Depending on weather and timeline, the contractor may also begin the curb and gutter and driveway apron pouring for the north side properties as well. Once this work begins, the north side driveways will again have an access restriction, but I will provide a more updated schedule and exact timeframe when this work is specifically scheduled. Please keep it on your radar.
In addition to the south side through lane pavement, curb and gutter, and driveways, the contractor will be pouring the new pavement within the Emslie Dr., University Dr., and Tallgrass Cir. intersections. They will still be maintaining access across Northview Rd. at University Dr. through the paving operations, and will also keep an area of access to the north side pavement at Emslie Dr. as well. There will be multiple concrete crews on site next week, and a lot of moving parts, so please use caution while traveling through the changing work zone.
The contractor will also be completing the remaining work on the water main and water services on the far east end of the project next week. They hope to have all of the water main items complete by the end of the week. The will allow for the restoration of the sidewalk, and pavement, that was impacted by the underground and utility work in this area.
Next week, tentatively, the contractor may look to complete a sanitary sewer manhole repair, and corresponding concrete panel replacement around the manhole within the Northview Rd. and N. Grandview Blvd. intersection. This work will impact some turning movements for about a week or so. Once I have the official dates I will keep everyone updated, but this is work that is upcoming, and will have impacts to traffic for a short duration.
Northview Road is proposed to be reconstructed as a two-lane roadway with left-turn lane improvements provided at intersecting side streets. The roadway reconstruction includes the complete removal and replacement of the existing pavement, curb and gutter, and drive approaches. A majority of Northview Rd. within the full reconstruction limits will be changed to an urban typical roadway section, containing concrete curb and gutter, and eliminating the existing roadside ditches. Handicap ramps at the side road intersections will be updated to current ADA standards. A new traffic signal will also be installed at the Northview Rd. and University Ave. intersection to improve safety. As part of this project, sidewalk will either be added, or graded for potentially adding in the future on both sides of Northview Rd. New permanent pavement markings and roadside signing will also be included.
In order to accommodate the roadway reconstruction, and corresponding grading operations adjacent to the roadway, existing trees within the roadway right-of-way may need to be removed.
In addition to the full roadway reconstruction limits, Northview Rd. from 800’ west of Pebble Valley Rd. to N. Grandview Blvd. will be resurfaced with new asphalt pavement. This resurfacing work will also be in conjunction with the Waukesha Water Utility’s replacement of the water main within these limits. The currently curb ramps at the side road intersections along this stretch will also be upgraded to current ADA standards.
During the reconstruction project, Northview Road will be closed to through traffic from Patrick Lane to N. Grandview Boulevard. Every effort will be made to maintain access to properties adjacent to the work zone throughout the project until paving operations being. The paving of the roadway will be staged to allow for as much access to adjacent properties as possible, and also, to reduce the timeframe that access is restricted.
Project construction activities are expected to begin in early to mid-April, and the current anticipated completion date for the project is September 21, 2018. Private utility relocations along this segment of Northview Road will also begin prior to the start of construction, however, the roadway will remain open to through traffic during the utility work.
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Project Contact Information:
City of Waukesha
130 Delafield Street
Waukesha, WI 53188-3646