Watertown Plank Road will be closed from Crescent Drive to 124th Street through Aug. 30, Elm Grove village officials announced in a news release this week.
A designated detour route through the village uses Legion and Gremoor drives.
Eastbound traffic will be maintained through the downtown business district between Legion Drive and Crescent Drive during this time with access to local businesses.
Village Manager David De Angelis said, "We were notified by the contractor that it is their intention to start work on the removal of the existing pavement starting early Friday, which means moving ahead with the traffic closures."
The Village Board will consider whether to allow the contractor to start work at 6:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. in order to facilitate early completion of the project. That discussion is set to happen at the Village Board at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd.
Super Western Contractors is the contractor performing the road work, and they, according to village officials, have previously indicated to the village a willingness to start earlier, adding that the extra hour could help complete the job more quickly.
Village leaders also were informed yesterday by Canadian Pacific Rail that the railroad will be performing rail repairs at the crossing at Watertown Plank Road and Legion Drive. These repairs will require a full closure of Watertown Plank Road from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29. The railroad has indicated that these repairs are needed to ensure continued safe rail service through the village, the news release stated.
The village will be working with the railroad to have adequate detour signage for this work to direct traffic back to the east downtown business area.
Weekly updates on construction progress and schedule will be posted on the village's website, ElmGroveWI.org. To receive notice of these updates, sign up for notification as indicated on the web page.
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