November 5, 2019 – West Bend, WI – Dump trucks hauling hot, black asphalt came and went on a regular cycle Monday, Nov. 4 as two layers were put down on a section of Eighth Avenue in West Bend. The four-block stretch between Highway 33 and Walnut Street had been under construction since May when the Holy Angels Festival was underway.
The costs of the reconstruction project was $1.35 million and it took a little more than five months to complete. Click HERE to read more about the project costs and bidding.
The general contractor for the project was Wood Sewer & Excavating, Inc. from New London, Wisconsin.
There were a number of subcontractors working at various times which included sanitary sewer installation, water main installation, storm sewer installation, roadway excavation, curb and gutter installation, curb ramp replacement, roadway reconstruction and restoration of disturbed areas.
There was a strong smell of rich asphalt in the air along with a consistent hum of heavy equipment as dump trucks unloaded a sea of asphalt into the pavers. In their wake a series of steel wheel rollers chased up and down the road, packing the pavement and removing any visible seems.
By mid-day contractors were skeptical they would finish the project but by 4:45 p.m. they were just wrapping up the second layer.
Landscaping around the curbs and pavement markings should be completed in the coming weeks.
It should be known by the end of today when the road will officially reopen.