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Eighteen Local Road Projects Set For 2013

See if your street is on the finalized list of road construction projects in Oak Creek this year.

The annual slate of local road construction projects in Oak Creek has been finalized, with 18 stretches of pavement to be resurfaced with asphalt.

The biggest of those is a 2,251-foot project on Ryan Road, between Kinney Lane and Chicago Road. The project will cost an estimated $108,000.

The city will also resurface Susan Drive between Howell Avenue and Verdev Drive. Work on the 1,319-foot stretch was originally scheduled for last year, but the city reallocated that money to pursue a railroad quiet zone on Puetz Road. City officials thanked residents of that neighborhood—many of whom have asked for the road to be repaired for some time—for their patience.

Under engineering department estimates, a little more than $1 million will be spent on the road projects, which is about the same as last year. Once plans are fully prepared, they will be advertised for public bid.

Each year, the city's engineering department conducts a citywide inspection, rating and rehabilitation costs analysis of Oak Creek streets. Last month, a committee discussed projects for 2013 and forwarded a recommendation to the Oak Creek Common Council.

The following is the recommended list of projects the council approved Tuesday:

Street From To Length (feet) Cost estimate Ryan Road Kinney Lane Chicago Road 2,251 $108,000 Michigan Avenue Chapel Drive Crane Drive 671 $48,000 Logan Avenue Milwaukee Avenue Minnesota Avenue 742 $62,000 Fitzsimmons Road (south side) Howell Avenue 0.2 miles east of Howell 1,056 $68,000 Crane Drive Chestnut Drive Village Drive 634 $53,000 Minnesota Avenue Logan Avenue Lenox Avenue 262 $22,000 Pine Avenue Manitowoc Avenue Lenox Avenue 1,705 $121,000 Susan Drive Howell Avenue Verdev Drive 1,319 $66,000 Parkway Estate Drive Howell Avenue Oakview Lane 1,669 $118,000 Manitowoc Avenue Quincy Avenue 7745 Manitowoc 489 $35,000 Verdev Drive Forest Hill Avenue Groveland Drive 1,380 $94,000 Valbeth Drive cul de sac Verdev Drive 466 $32,000 Griffin Avenue Groveland Drive Valbeth Drive 707 $44,000 Darlene Lane Fitzsimmons Road Estates Place 329 $24,000 American Avenue 6th Avenue 5th Avenue 534 $51,000 10th Avenue Elm Road Becker Road 876 $32,000 Barbara Court Chicago Road cul de sac 623 $31,000 Willow Heights Park Pathway 2,300 $70,000 Estimated total $1,079,000

In addition to local streets, Oak Creek is home to one major project: the reconstruction of the Rawson Interchange, which began in February.

Ron Clone March 07, 2013 at 08:53 PM
What about Pennsylvania between Rawson and Drexel? Is that on the horizon?
Mark Schaaf March 07, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I wouldn't look for that to be done anytime soon....the city took money originally allocated to that and redirected it to the Drexel Avenue expansion completed last year. As far as I know, they have not set a new date for Pennsylvania between Rawson and Drexel.
Julia March 08, 2013 at 05:38 PM
What about 13th street from puetz to rawson. city responsible or State of Wisconsin . Julia
Mark Schaaf March 08, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Milwaukee County is responsible for 13th Street....but that's about 4 years away unfortunately. http://oakcreek.patch.com/articles/13th-street-reconstruction-four-years-away
Tony14 March 08, 2013 at 06:14 PM
That is a county road. Although it is terrible I believe that stretch will not be done for another three years.
sandy clore March 08, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Any plans for sidewalks on Forest Hill?
Resident of O.C. Paul March 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Julia, I've been told that it falls under Milwaukee County to fix it as it is a county highway. Our city could push for it to be repaired, but why would they do anything about it, they are more worried about their precious "Drexel Town Square" and "Oakwood Business Park", it seems that all their focus is on these 2 projects and pleasing WisPark/We Energies, so, they could care less about what already exists in the city... already existing = out of mind, it's there.
Mark Schaaf March 08, 2013 at 08:40 PM
No immediate plans, that I'm aware of, but I know the city is trying to grant funding for sidewalks and Forest Hill is one of the areas that has been talked about.
Brandon Skorik March 11, 2013 at 01:22 AM
How about 13 st???
Anthony March 11, 2013 at 01:18 PM
13th Street is brutal! Can't believe that's 3-4 years away yet. What a shamockery! Maybe the County can start paying for people's car repairs from that treacharous stretch on 13th!
Mark Schaaf March 11, 2013 at 01:44 PM
city has no control over how the county spends its money. If you want to somebody to blame, the absentee county supervisor Oak Creek had for several years is a much better target.
livingintheOC March 11, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Maybe they can get it pushed up as part of the Drexel Town Center. I get that Milwaukee county owns it but sometimes you juts need a reason. Anyone know why the county owns it? The northern part of the road is in Milwaukee, but all the way to Ryan? Maybe OC can work out some deal where we end up owning it and we get something else for the County.
livingintheOC March 11, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Good luck with that. A few Republican law makers put the kibosh on that. Not that I'm a democrat, it's just clear who is to blame. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/potholeliability-law-limits-injured-motorists-chance-for-reimbursement-nl8hgl8-188506181.html Here is a link to the complaint line for the county. http://county.milwaukee.gov/HighwayMaintenance

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