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Proposed Roosevelt Drive design in Beaver Dam modified

May 21, 2019

Beaver Dam will move forward with a new design for the reconstruction of Roosevelt Drive following resident input.

The city has set aside $950,000 in borrowing for the major project, which will totally remake the rocky road with sidewalks, curb and gutter and street lighting. The construction will cover Roosevelt Drive and Warren Street from Park Avenue to Webster Street.

The Common Council’s Operations Committee unanimously approved a new design for the project and to move forward with bidding.

The city and its engineering firm, MSA, were originally moving forward with a plan to put sidewalks on both sides of the street. A second idea with sidewalks on alternating sides was also on the table.

The new revision will have a sidewalk on the west side, running past the Wayland Academy athletic fields. Peace Lutheran Church is on the east side. The street also has been shifted about six feet to the east, giving more room between sidewalks and houses on the west side, said director of engineering Richie Piltz.

A bike lane will be placed against the curb.

There was additional parking added on the east side of the street near Walgreens.

The final design will also allow for the residents of 725 E. South St. to continue using a driveway that would have otherwise been in the path of a sidewalk.

The street work will be within the city’s right-of-way, but residents were still concerned about how the new road and sidewalks would crowd their homes and reduce their useable space.

Property owners will receive a special assessment for the work. Costs are not yet clear, but residents will receive more information when they are.

According to county property records, Wayland Academy and Peace Lutheran Church do not generally pay property taxes. City Attorney Maryann Schacht said they would need to pay special assessments. She said when sidewalks were placed on Park Avenue, Wayland had its share federally subsidized.

A property owner could still be responsible for part of the cost of a sidewalk even if it’s across the street.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.

Another big project moving forward this year is the reconstruction of Stone Street, which has issues with aging infrastructure underneath the street.

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