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New projects in Beaver Dam for 2019 start to move forward

February 6, 2019

Several construction projects in Beaver Dam took steps toward completion this week.

On Monday, the Beaver Dam Common Council approved a $65,200 contract with MSA Professional Services to put together design and engineering to improve Roosevelt Drive from Park Avenue to Webster Street. MSA will put together a design for the project, which is anticipated to add a storm sewer, curb and gutter and new sidewalks to the unimproved street.

The city set aside $950,000 in borrowing the complete the Roosevelt Street project, which is expected to be finished by October. One of the major goals is to improve safety on a heavily used road that has fallen into disrepair.

There will be special assessments to property owners along the route, but dates for hearings on the project have not been announced.

The council also approved a $12,850 contract with MSA for design and engineering to remake the alley behind Front Street from Center Street to Spring Street. The goal there is to fix up the infrastructure in the alleyway to make it more usable for businesses and pedestrians. The council set aside $280,000 in borrowing for the project, expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Designing and engineering the proposed projects is a major step before the city will put them out to bid. Some council members have asked why the city always uses MSA for engineering services, with the answer being that MSA is contracted with the city to provide them.

The council has approved a bid for the elevated trail that will go from Starkweather Drive to Edgewater Park for $199,999 from Jahnke General Contractors. The boardwalk would connect the city with the park in a way that is currently not possible. Right now, people have to go into the town of Beaver Dam and back around into the park, leaving city limits.