The full Town of Caledonia Town Board was in attendance along with Casey Beyersdorf, Waupaca County Highway Commissioner, and 10 others.
The purpose of the meeting was to help local businesses prepare for the upcoming construction project at the intersection of Hwys 96 and 45 planned for the summer of 2018.
The sponsors of the meeting were the Town of Caledonia and the Waupaca County Highway Department, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Meeting facilitators were Bill Abba, Caledonia Road Supervisor, and Casey Beyersdorf, Waupaca County Highway Commissioner.
Casey Beyersdorf – office phone number (715) 258-7152 (ask for Casey )
Call Casey with questions or issues related to county highways
Bill Abba – home phone number (920) 667-4953, cell phone number (920) 284-0953
Call Bill with questions or issues related to Town of Caledonia roads
General Overview (as we understand it today)
Some work has already begun – power pole relocation, tree removal
March 13 – contract let date, prime contractor selected
Mid-April – construction project timeline/plan due from contractor
May 2 – anticipated project start date, road closure begins
August 1 – required completion date for the entire project, roads reopen
If everything goes as planned, the project will take 3 months
The intersection will be reconstructed as a single lane roundabout
Hwy 96 will be completely closed for the entire 3-month construction project
Hwy 96 will be detoured (details later)
Hwy 45 will remain open with periodic traffic delays
Hwy 45 temporary road will be constructed and later removed
No access from 96 on to 45 will be available
No access from 45 on to 96 will be available
Hwy 96 westbound from Readfield will remain open
No State resources are available to repair local roads damaged during the project
Construction Project Overview
Project drawing review
WDOT Construction Detour
Detour map review
Individual Business Impact
Can inventory be shipped prior to the May 1 start date?
Can inventory shipment be delayed until after the August 1 completion date?
Can inventory be sourced from other locations during construction?
Can alternative routes be taken during construction?
We ask all businesses to understand there is no simple solution for moving materials during the construction period, and we expect all options will come with some cost to the business and the local municipalities.
Individual Business Plan
We ask each business to review this information in conjunction with your individual access needs and then discuss your needs with Casey (for County roads) or Bill (for town roads) no later than April 15, 2018. The County and Town will consider the collective impact on our local roads and determine what our respective municipalities can do to assist during the construction project.
The County and Town:
Do not plan to suspend existing weight limits on local roads during construction.
Are willing to consider and authorize, if agreed to, reasonable proposals for allowing truck traffic while protecting the County’s and Town’s road investments.
Will issue permits for approved plans.
Require permits for all trucks exceeding existing weight limits on County and Town roads.
Do want to avoid an unplanned free for all on our local roads.
Will enforce existing weight limits.
We do understand the importance of working together during this project to make sure businesses can operate, but we must do so while protecting our assets.