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Redo of W, finishing K, bridges on county list

Work on the design phase for the reconstruction of CTH V from Hwy. 63 to CTH C north in the Towns of Trenton and Hartland will get underway this year. The actual project is expected to begin in 2015. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk).

Reconstructing CTH W, completing the reconstruction of CTH K, and bridge repairs on CTHs B and S are among the upcoming season’s projects for the Pierce County Highway Department.

“We’ve been brushing the corridor this winter,” Commissioner Chad Johnson said Friday about the CTH W job.

An approximately five-and-a-half-mile stretch from Hwy. 65 west and north to Hwy. 29 in the Town of River Falls will be pulverized and repaved, Johnson said. An approach guard rail at a bridge will also be replaced, in the interest of bringing the road up to prescribed standards at the same time.

“We may go north of 29 to the county line,” he said, adding, “we’ll have to see budget-wise.”

The work will be done under traffic and start after Memorial Day. He said a completion date will be communicated to the residents along the route individually, plus posted on the county’s web site, and loose gravel will only be present on a portion at a time.

The completion of CTH K in the Town of Trimbelle will pick up from where the job ended this past year, the commissioner said. The segment between Hwy. 63 and CTH KK is 3.2 miles long.

“We’ve already graded it from KK to east of 840th (St.),” he said, so the grading will now continue to Hwy. 63. Planned to be done in two parts, he was pleased with the progress made so far.

The existing surface is being removed, and installation of a new base course and asphalt follows the grading. The same detour in place previously will again be designated. The start of this year’s phase of the project southwest of Ellsworth is weather-dependent.

For more please read the Jan. 29 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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