Main, Broadway repaving this year


Main, Broadway repaving this year

Opening of two-way streets to be delayed

By DARRYL ENRIQUEZ, Journal Sentinel

Friday, September 13, 2002

Waukesha — The city will spend nearly $100,000 to resurface two downtown streets, possibly delaying into November the long-awaited opening of W. Main St. and W. Broadway as two-way streets.

City planners initially wanted to hold off resurfacing the streets until next year and open the two-way streets with patched surfaces this month.

Two events, however, convinced city officials to move up the resurfacing project, said Paul Day, a city engineer.

The quick completion of the $22 million Avalon Square, an assisted- living center for seniors, has made Main St., near N.W. Barstow St., available for repaving and sidewalk repairs, Day said.

In addition, downtown merchants lobbied the city to complete the project now, said Susan Buchanan, director of the Business Improvement District.

“They just didn’t want to put up with another road project next year,” Buchanan said. “The merchants made it clear they don’t want Main St. to be torn up again. They would rather have the delay.”

Buchanan said merchants hope the project is finished in October, but the paving contract gives an asphalt firm until November to complete the work.

Repaving will occur on W. Main St. from N.W. Barstow to Clinton streets, W. Broadway from about Gaspar to Clinton streets, and at the intersection known as the Five Points, where W. Main St., W. Broadway and Grand Ave. converge.

The Victorian-style Springhouse has been moved from the Five Points to the walking path along the Fox River, near Waukesha State Bank.

Curb and sidewalk work remain to be completed at the Five Points and nearby intersections as part of an earlier $500,000 project to reconfigure streets and parking for two-way traffic.

Buchanan said the merchants are hoping the repaving is done at night to allow daytime traffic.

Opening downtown to two-way traffic ends 36 years of one-way flow that was meant to improve access to the shopping district but, merchants complained, only drove customers away.

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