Non-Motorized program finally revs up

Construction begins on walking, biking, multi- use paths in city
by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


TWENTY EIGHT WALKING, BIKING AND MULTI-USE paths will be constructed throughout the city of Sheboygan Falls over the next five months, as part of the $2.5 million Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program. Construction began May 21 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 16. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson TWENTY EIGHT WALKING, BIKING AND MULTI-USE paths will be constructed throughout the city of Sheboygan Falls over the next five months, as part of the $2.5 million Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program. Construction began May 21 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 16. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over.

After six years of roadblocks, delays and red tape, construction work on the Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Project got under way in the city of Sheboygan Falls Tuesday, May 21.

The project originally launched in 2005 as part of federal transportation legislation, which resulted in Sheboygan County being selection among three communities in the United States to receive up to $25 million in grants for transportation safety projects.

The Sheboygan Falls Common Council approved plans for a series of walking, biking and multiuse paths throughout the city in 2007 and work was scheduled to being in 2010.

The slow process had been a source of frustration for city leaders for several years, but now the project appears to be on track for completion this fall.

“There has been a considerable amount of frustration with all of the red tape and the inefficiencies of the process on the federal and state level,” Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer said earlier this year. “I firmly believe that this will be good for the city. It will provide better connectivity and make parts of the city much safer.”

The $2.5 million project includes construction of 28 different segments of on-road paved shoulder bicycle lanes along County C, PPP and TT, as well as State 28, Monroe Street and Forest Avenue.

Multi-use paths are scheduled to be installed on new locations and sidewalks in existing street right-of-ways.

Sidewalks are also slated to be installed on portions of County PPP, C and TT, as well as Pine Street, Mill Street, Monroe Street, Amherst Avenue, Dartmouth Drive, Broadway Street, Buffalo Street, Hickory Street, Leavens Avenue, Sixth Street, Fond du Lac Avenue and Forest Avenue.

The segments are located in the city of Sheboygan Falls, with additional portions extending into the town of Sheboygan Falls and town of Lima.

“Specific project sites were chosen based on their ability to connect to bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the city, as well as their opportunities to encourage nonmotorized transportation by making biking and walking routes both safer and more convenient to city destinations,” Sheboygan County Non-Motorized Program Project Specialist Emily Vetting said. “A nearly complete system for bicyclists and pedestrians makes Sheboygan Falls a more livable community, as well as amore attractive community for visitors.”

Vinton Construction will perform a variety of tasks over the next five months, including grading, storm sewer, base aggregate, curb and gutter, pavement, concrete sidewalk, signing, pavement marking and erosion control work.

Traffic is expected to continue on most streets throughout the project. However, some city streets and roads will be closed during working hours and reopened at night when work is completed.

Construction work will be restricted during the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday periods, as well as the city’s Centennial Celebration and Ducktona event over the week of the Fourth of July and the Sheboygan Falls Fire Department’s 150th Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 24.

In order to keep business leaders, city officials and citizens well informed throughout the construction process, contractor Vinton Construction has established a detailed and consistent communication plan.

“Vinton Construction will provide notice to the DPW director [Mike Mersberger] and the chief of police [Steve Riffel] by noon on Thursday of all work locations and road closures anticipated for the following week,” Sheboygan Falls City Clerk-Treasurer Joel Tauschek said.

In addition, Vinton Construction has scheduled weekly meet- ings to update business owners, city leaders and citizens on the progress of the project.

Meetings will be held on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. at the construction field office, located n the Department of Public Works parking lot on Hammann Drive.

“The contractor will look back one week as to what has been done and then will look forward two weeks as to what will be done,” Tauschek. “This will continue on a weekly basis.”

The multi-phase project is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 16.


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