Pilgrim, Mequon roads to be resurfaced, but not for years

New pavement would bring down village maintenance costs

Aug. 26, 2013

Germantown — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is working on preliminary design concepts for parts of Pilgrim and Mequon roads, though construction will not take place for years.

The DOT hosted its first information meeting last week in Germantown to discuss designs for the resurfacing of Pilgrim Road from Mequon Road to Fond du Lac Avenue, as well as a portion of Mequon Road. The project includes spot curb and gutter replacement, as well as pavement and signal replacement at the intersection of Pilgrim and Mequon roads. Decorative lighting is planned on Pilgrim Road.

The existing asphalt pavement will be replaced with concrete, which should save the village in maintenance costs in the long run, Germantown Department of Public Works Director Dan Ludwig said.

Final design plans should be complete by 2016, DOT Project Manager Asad Khan said. The project did not make it into DOT's construction cycle for the next six years, so construction is not anticipated to occur until 2019 or later.

For now, the DOT is trying to get as much public input as possible, Khan said.

Input serves residents better

"We are getting the input from the public, we are addressing the needs of the community, addressing the needs of the business and departments here and in the end provide you a better product," he said. "Input is very important in the early stages and the middle stages and in the final stages of design."

Initial plans call for additional turn lanes along Mequon Road and Fond du Lac Avenue. The intersection of Mequon Road and Fond du Lac Avenue will be widened. New sidewalks are proposed along the east side of Pilgrim Road, from Mequon Road to Sylvan Circle and the south side of Mequon Road from Pilgrim Road to Fond du Lac Avenue. Sidewalks are already in place on the north side of Mequon Road.

The village asked the DOT to improve the roadway three years ago because of maintenance issues. Heavy trucks stopping and accelerating on the asphalt pavement causes the roadway to turn into a "washboard," Ludwig said. The momentum of the trucks pushes the asphalt upward, subsequently requiring the village to repair the roadway every three years.

Kahn said if the asphalt is replaced with concrete, it should fix the issue and have a longer lifespan. Currently, there are 2 inches of asphalt on the road, which will be replaced with four-inches of concrete.

Oldest intersection, new signal

The intersection of Mequon and Pilgrim roads, though highly traveled, does not have a high accident rate, Project Designer from Strand Associates Bhupendra Bista said. The main reason for the project is to help increase the lifespan of the roadway.

The Mequon and Pilgrim roads intersection is the oldest signalized intersection in the village and the signals are reaching their expected life, Ludwig said. The traffic signals will be upgraded as part of the project.

The project is estimated to cost $2.5 million. The main pavement construction is covered 100 percent by the DOT. Costs to cover things such as new lighting and sidewalks will be split 80/20, with the DOT covering 80 percent.

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