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WIS 35 (Tower Ave.) Reconstruction Project - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

General | Utility: City of Superior sanitary | Utility: Superior water, light and power | Safety/Access/Transit

General construction

Where will the construction start?

Tower Ave. will be closed to all traffic from Belknap Street to north of N. 4th Street. Alternating side streets will remain open and accessible to traffic. The location of the construction start will be left up to the discretion of the contractor. Most likely the removals of the existing roadway will be started simultaneously throughout the project. The utility excavation is anticipated to start near the north end of the project and just south of the railroad tracks.

Would excavation depths be 16 feet all over the project to replace the water mains and shut-offs?

The depths and locations would depend on the exact locations of the lateral. The plan is to now replace the laterals in use. Some excavations may involve locations close to or at foundations.

Would owners benefit by their own survey and a contractors’ survey?

Yes, they can work together. Items such as vaults under the sidewalk are examples of items that would be good for WisDOT and contractor to know about in advance if owners have such information.

Sidewalk vaults – what will be done with them?

They will be dealt with on a case by case basis depending on condition and usage. Abandonment or repair of vaults would be an example.

Will properties be assessed for the sidewalk cost on Tower Ave.?

The city of Superior is not planning to assess the property owners for sidewalk cost.

Another question pertained to open excavations adjacent to the foundations, and whether owners can make any needed repairs at that time. May owner’s contractors be used?

Repairs can be made, and owners may hire contractors, or may negotiate with and use the on-site contractors for foundation repairs. Careful coordination with project staff will be required as to not affect the overall project schedule.

How would vibration be handled? Vibration impact of interior partition cracking and of stone foundation protection, especially 1800’s stone?

WisDOT would use Vibration Standard Special provisions instructing the contractor to continuously monitor vibration along the project. Another Standard special provision instructs the contractor to thoroughly inspect building structures for existing defects, including interior and exterior walls. A written report is produced by the contactor with photographs/videos of general physical condition prior to construction activities. Post construction inspections may also occur.

How can owners protect against contractors vibration, an outside force?

There is a shared responsibility to protect in advance before damage occurs. This is why WisDOT does monitoring and inspects first for such things as cracks, perhaps leading to crack monitoring. Owners know the building best, so please work with WisDOT to determine work and measures needed.

What are the utilities that will be replaced?

Water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer will be replaced/added. There is no intention to do any electrical work since electric is mostly in the alleys, but there may be surprises.

Will there be a schedule, or will we be notified of utility interruptions?

There will most likely be a meeting every other week for stakeholders along Tower Ave. to inform everyone about the schedule. The schedule may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Utility: City of Superior sanitary

A question was raised about service abandonments and whether they would be abandoned at the building face, or how would this be done?

Abandoned sanitary services will be bulk headed at the main. They should already be bulk headed at the building end of the line if they are abandoned.

Termination of utility lines? How and to what extent at the building lines abandoned?

Unused building sewers will be bulk headed at the main.

Would service be terminated at a vault, or at building face?

Sanitary Sewer Service would be terminated at the building face when the sewer comes in under the floor or immediately inside the building if above basement floor level. For structures set back from the ROW, work will terminate at the ROW.

How does the penetrations or patching of turn of the century stone foundation for either abandoned or new utility connection work?

In the case of new penetrations or patching abandoned penetrations thru the foundations, the City’s responsibility will end at the outside building face (ROW).

Who is responsible for connecting sanitary to the building?

Building owners would be responsible for new connections at the ROW. Any drilling through foundations and floors and additional internal plumbing would be the responsibility of the owner. Failing connections would depend on the issue. If the connection can be made safely at the foundation, the connection would be made. If the pipe is bad at/under the foundation it would be up to the property owner to produce an adequate pipe to make the connection.

What if property would like utility connection in a different location than current?

Building owners would be responsible for new connections at the exterior foundation wall (ROW). Failing connections would depend on the issue. If the connection can be made safely at the foundation, the connection would be made. If the pipe is bad at/under the foundation it would be up to the property owner to produce an adequate pipe to make the connection.

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Utility: Superior water, light and power

Who would pay for water lateral connection to buildings?

Superior Water, Light and Power (SWLP) would be pay for the connections to the buildings.

Who is responsible for connecting from the water shut-off to the building?

Because the property lines are at the Road Right of Way SWLP is responsible for the connections.

Who would pay for water stops in sidewalk?

Superior Water, Light and Power

A question was raised about service abandonments and whether they would be abandoned at the building face, or how would this be done?

Service abandonments would be done at or near the building face, SWLP would be responsible for making sure best practices are being used to remove old water lines and reuse the penetration or making a new penetration and patching the old.

What if property would like utility connection in a different location than current?

Customers would need to submit in writing to the corresponding utility company on where the new connection would be. Customer would be responsible for cost of inside plumbing and penetration of wall.

Would the water be shut off during utility replacements? Concerns were aired about how long the shut-offs would occur?

Shut-offs would be limited in number and duration. When shut-offs do occur they would be anywhere from one to four hours dependent upon complications and if new locations for curb stop is requested. Properties will be notified of the shutoffs prior to them occurring.

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Safety/Access/Transit

A question was raised about pedestrian safety and enforcement, could that be part of the design process?

Safety is integrated as part of design

Will trucks be able to use the truck route along Winter Street/Business US 2 during construction?

Trucks will be able to use either Winter Street or Broadway Street, one of which will be open at all times. If possible, trucks should use alternate routes.

Will city bus routes be relocated?

The DTA has indicated in project meetings that they are planning a temporary alternate route along Ogden Ave. during construction; this route may be subject to change.

Would entrances near 12th Street be closed?

The mid block accesses would become right in-right out with parking to accesses off of 12th and Banks Avenue remaining as is. Left turns will be prohibited at mid-block to lessen vehicle conflicts.

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Last modified: July 11, 2013

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