Work On Four Mile Underpass Set To Begin Again Next Week

After the Union Pacific Railroad officials backed out on doing some of the work for the Four Mile Road underpass project, officials with the Village scrambled to rebid out the project and work is set to begin again.

Work on the Four Mile Road underpass project is set to begin again next week, but now the road won't be reopened until July 2013.

The road was originally closed in October 2011 and was set to be completed December 2012.

Village engineer Mike Hayek told the last month that he needed to rebid out some of the track work because Union Pacific, the company that originally planned to do the work, pulled out of doing part of the project because they didn't have the manpower to do it, according to a story in the Journal Times.

"The hold up with the UP isn't something the Village could have anticipated," Hayek said.

The Village Board approved the new contract with Volkmann Railroad Builders, Menominee Falls last week for $367,134. But that doesn't include the cost of the engineering work and steel track, which the Village purchased.

The numbers the Union Pacific bid out and the contract with Volkmann aren't comparable, Hayek said, because Union Pacific was going to do all of the track work for $1.4 million, but now they are only doing some of the work.

The scope of the project has also changed to include two bridges and not one. They've also reduced the track shift from three to two. This will mean the Village won't have to coordinate as much with Union Pacific.

"It's hard to say what the total will be because UP still has to connect on both ends and we don’t know what that cost will be until it's done," Hayek said. "But I don't think the cost will me be more."

Frank May 23, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Be sure to follow the detour signs and don't even try to drive in that area. Go around!!! ------$290.00 FINE!!!------ Village of Caledonia Ordinance: SEC. 10-1-23 HIGHWAYS CLOSED TO TRAVEL. (a) Whenever any highway is impassable or unsafe for travel or during the construction or repair of any such highway and until it is ready for traffic, the authorities in charge of the maintenance or construction thereof may keep it closed by maintaining barriers at each end of the closed portion. The barriers shall be of such material and construction and so placed as to indicate that the highway is closed and shall be lighted at night. (b) Any person who, without lawful authority, removes, takes down, alters the position of, destroys, passes over or beyond any barrier so erected, or travels with any vehicle upon any portion of a highway closed by barriers as in this Section provided, or walks or travels in any manner upon the materials placed thereon as part of the repair or construction work, shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and upon adjudication to that effect, shall be subject to the penalties provided in Section 10-4-26 of this Code of Ordinances, and in addition thereto, shall be liable for all damages done to the highway, said damages to be recovered. ------$290.00 FINE!!!------
Thin Blue Line May 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Also you look real foolish when the cop asks you "Did you see the "Road Closed" signs back there?" If you are answer is "No." The next question is "So you didn't see it, but you drove around it, right?" As Bill Engvald says, "Here's your sign."
Dennis Gehrke May 24, 2012 at 03:42 PM
someone needs to be fired. This is unacceptable. In the real (private sector) world, nobody would still have a job with this kind of job performance.
Michael Mucklin May 24, 2012 at 05:46 PM
4-Mile Rd; 3-Mile Rd; Douglas Ave!! It seems no government entity can coordinate its construction efforts with any other (or with a railroad). I think a vote to REMOVE ALL INCUMBENTS would apply nicely to all of these entities.
Edward Willing May 24, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I actually think UP appears to have but off more than they could chew, or they shifted eir priorities. Tte village did their due diligence from what I can see
Robin June 27, 2012 at 09:26 PM
UP should be billed for this. I seen this before on State street redeployment project with J.I.Case corporation. They wanted to clean up the area so they told the city what the wanted to do. Started buying up property left and right started the work than backed out of it cause it was costing to much money. All the money they got. I'm a truck driver and the RR's are taking all the frieght away from the truck drivers. They are putting the truck drivers out of jobs. And now the start this project on these tracks now the say they got no money. That is BS.


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