Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After a year of delays, the project is underway and on schedule.
Although you may not see it, progress is being made on the 4 Mile Road project, which is on-track for its new completion date of July 2013. Currently, much of the work is 25 feet underground while the foundation is being laid for the train bridge, according to Village Engineer Mike Hayek. Steel pilings are being driven into the ground 20 to 25 feet deep and then a 4-foot thick reinforced concrete foundation is being constructed to support the new bridge. So far 70 of the 118 piles are already driven and one of three concrete foundations has been poured, Hayek said. Construction is a little ahead of schedule due to the recent stretch of mild weather. The 4 Mile Road project is needed to alleviate traffic back-ups caused by increased train …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Wasn't 4 Mile Road supposed to be open by now? Well... sort of...
The 4 Mile Road project is needed to alleviate increased train traffic, but the solution—building a bridge over Four Mile Road—has been a pain for area residents. Here's the latest: Cars backed up at the 4 Mile Road railroad crossing have in the past blocked traffic on Douglas Avenue. We Energies expects between two and four trains, each with 150 to 180 cars, coming through that crossing in a 24-hour period. The 4 Mile Road project is putting in a bridge so the trains can go over the road without blocking traffic. The Village closed the road in October 2011 and anticipated completing the projec this month. But that's not going to happen. At Tuesday's board meeting Village Engineer Mike Hayek explained why the project is taking six months…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The project seems to be taking forever to complete, but here's the latest update from Mike Hayek, the Village Engineer.
Bridge building will begin on the Four Mile underpass project next week, said Mike Hayek, the village engineer. The project is meant to ease traffic congestion along the railroad tracks on Four Mile Road just west of Douglas Avenue and has been in the works since 2005. The underpass project was initiated because of a $2 billion We Energies expansion, which was completed in January. Progress has been made on the project, but the scheduled open date is now planned for July 2013. The road was originally closed in October 2011 and was set to complete by the end of this year. The project was delayed because the scope of the project had to be changed to include two bridges instead of one. They've also reduced the track shift from three to two. …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
For the past 10 months, Four Mile Road has been closed and residents were beginning to wonder if the project will ever be completed. Village Engineer Mike Hayek says, "Yes."
Despite being well aware of how long 4 Mile Road near the Union Pacific Railroad would be closed, some residents are starting to lose patience with the underpass project. Village engineer Mike Hayek acknowledged that while the project hasn’t been going fast enough for some residents, progress has been made, and the scheduled open date is planned for July 2013. The road was originally closed in October 2011 and was set to complete by the end of this year. However, the project, which is meant to ease traffic congestion along the railroad tracks on Four Mile Road just west of Douglas Avenue, has been in the works since 2005. The underpass project was initiated because of a $2 billion We Energies expansion, which was completed in January. …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Caledonia Police have to shut down the Union Pacific Railroad on Four Mile Road just west of Douglas Avenue just before midnight on Saturday after a woman got her car stuck on the tracks.
A woman got her car stuck on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the 3200 block of Four Mile Road on Saturday. According to a report by the Caledonia Police Department, at 11:57 p.m. Erin Suominen, 25, of Racine, went around the barricades near the Four Mile overpass project and hit a gravel pile when her brakes didn’t work. The front end of the car was partially on the railroad tracks. Suominen got out of the car and called 911. Police officers called Union Pacific Railroad to have the track shut down while the car was removed. Suominen was cited for failing to maintain control and violating a highway closed to travel sign. Alcohol was not a factor in the incident.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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 Village Board 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…
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Union Pacific says they need some paperwork before two permits are issued.
Want to read more about this issue? "Like" the story with the Facebook button above. If we get 10 likes, we'll know to write a follow-up story. UPDATE JAN. 26: Tom Lebak, administrator for the Village, said the project has been delayed and the road likely won't open this year. Sewer and water work is being done, but officials with the Village wanted to start work on the railroad. The problem is that the Village doesn't have two permits they need from Union Pacific to go on their property. "We don't have those permits. We keep trying and trying and trying..." Lebak said. "There is something about a track plan that they say they don't have that we're trying to track down. But our engineer said we submitted that as part of our overall plan …
Monday, September 19, 2011
We've included some of the highlights from the Village Board agenda and included the full agenda in our photo gallery so that you can stay informed.
A special Village Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue. The Village Board will review the 2010 audit management letter with Clifton Gunderson. The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue. Here are some of the topics they will discuss: Click here to see the whole Village Board agenda.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Community Development Authority will also hold public hearing on tax incremental finance district.
The Community Development Authority will hold a public hearing about the Tax Incremental Finance District at 6 p.m. tonight, Sept. 6 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave. The Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 6 at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Ave.