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Menomonie road projects scheduled for summer

Motorists should expect to be impacted by detours

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    Randy Eide

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MENOMONIE — Eight city projects are expected to progress this year with $1.3 million in funds borrowed for the city’s capital improvement plan projects.

According to the city’s plan, the work includes North Broadway ravine repairs, Oak Avenue extension, Red Cedar Bridge repair and pole replacement, Stout Road sidewalk from 14th Avenue to 21st Avenue, various city sidewalk repairs, airport taxiway construction and Jerrett Creek dredging. One other project will cover Main Street from Ninth to 17th streets and Main Street to 13th Avenue.

“It will be a busy year,” said Randy Eide, Menomonie public works director.

The Red Cedar Bridge repairs and Main Street, Eide said, will be the two efforts this year that will affect Menomonie residents the most.

Work on the bridge could start in May and last throughout the summer, according to Eide. In order to accommodate traffic, it will have to be detoured to the northbound bridge for the entire summer.

“People are going to feel that impact,” he said.

The Main Street project is expected to last eight to 10 weeks through July and August. Eide said that project will probably only affect residents in the area of construction, but it is in another busy area of the city.

General fund borrowing for 2018 projects includes Red Cedar Bridge repair and pole replacement ($70,000), Main Street from Ninth Street to 13th Street ($550,000), Stout Road sidewalk from 14th Avenue to 21st Avenue ($60,000), various city sidewalk repairs ($60,000), airport taxiway construction ($30,000), Kothlow Avenue connection ($50,000), TID 13 road extension ($60,000), Packer Drive repairs ($100,000), Junction Trail extension from Oak Avenue to Cedar Falls Road (250,000) and Main Street from 13th to 17th streets ($600,000).

City Administrator Lowell Prange said projects for this year total more than $1.8 million, creating a $470,000 gap in order to complete all of them. 

He said the funding shortfall was created in October when the City Council decided to do both Main Street projects at the same time.

According to Eide, if bids for some of the 2018 projects come in lower than expected, those savings could close the gap. However, the city will probably borrow money to make up the difference, he said. 

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