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Posted on: June 7, 2021

Maryland Avenue Road Project Update

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Maryland Avenue Reconstruction Project

This web page is designed to help provide information on the City of Burlington’s Maryland Ave Reconstruction Project. Information about project tasks and progress shall be shared weekly with the goal of informing property owners and users of public facilities within the project bounds. Should you have any specific questions about your property or construction activities please contact Luke Podella, Staff Engineer with Kapur & Associates, at 262-758-6017 or the City of Burlington Department of Public Works at 262-342-1181.

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Maryland Avenue Reconstruction Project

This web page is designed to help provide information on the City of Burlington’s Maryland Ave Reconstruction Project. Information about project tasks and progress shall be shared weekly with the goal of informing property owners and users of public facilities within the project bounds. Wanasek Corp. is the City of Burlington’s contractor for this project. Kapur & Associates is the City of Burlington’s Engineer for this project and will provide on-site project oversight. Should you have any specific questions about your property or construction activities please contact Tamer Khraisat, Staff Engineer with Kapur & Associates, at 617-319-3902 or 262-758-6025.

Project Description

The City of Burlington began reconstruction of Maryland Avenue on June 1, 2021. This project has substantial completion date of October 15, 2021 and a final completion date of November 15, 2021.

This project includes complete reconstruction of Maryland Ave from Congress St to Milwaukee Ave, including new curbs, gutter, and road. Paving of Congress St from Maryland Ave to the dead end cul du sac will also be part of the project. In addition to road improvements, the project will replace the water main, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer infrastructure in Maryland Ave. The project also includes several new pedestrian transportation improvements such as: new sidewalks, on-street painted bike “sharrows”, and a new paved bike trail connection from Maryland Ave to Milwaukee Ave. The gravel semi-truck parking lot will be removed and restored to green space and the corridor will be reforested with several parkway trees.

Traffic and Road Closures

The southern portion of Maryland Ave. near Congress St. is closed to through traffic intermittently while utility work is being performed. Motorists traveling to The Hintz Baseball Complex, Compost Site, or Redmer & Sons Recycling should enter Maryland Ave from the intersection on Milwaukee Ave.

Landfilling of Waste Material

A portion of Maryland Ave was original constructed on top of an unlicensed landfill and it was expected that waste material would be encountered as part of utility work and roadway construction. Any waste excavated during the project must be disposed of in at a licensed sanitary landfill. During the project waste material has been hauled offsite for landfill disposal. Unfortunately, construction activities have encountered more waste than was planned and the City began to explore options to contain costs for hauling and disposing of this material.

The City and our consultant engineers at Kapur and Associates worked with staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan to safely and appropriately dispose of this waste material within the adjacent closed City of Burlington Landfill. The City received an approved Plan Modification from WDNR on 7/9/21 and our contractor, Wanasek, has begun stockpiling waste on top of the close landfill on Maryland Ave. Shortly, the landfill cap will be opened and waste material will be permanently landfilled on the site. Upon completion of the Maryland Ave Project the new landfill cell will be permanently capped with clay, black dirt, and seeded with grass the same as the rest of the closed landfill.

Unfortunately, this work may generate odors from the landfill. The City has worked with WDNR on a strategy to mitigate odors through practices like covering the waste with non-waste materials at the end of each construction period. If you have questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works at 262-342-1181.   

WE Energies Gas and Electric Upgrade Project

WE Energies will be performing gas line and electric line work in Maryland Ave at the same time as the City performs reconstruction. This timing helps minimize the need for WE Energies to disturb the newly constructed roadway. The work performed by WE Energies is separate from the City’s work and is not performed by the City’s contractor, Wanasek, although there will be close coordination between the two projects. As of 7/19/21 the majority of this work is completed within the Maryland Ave. corridor.

Project Progress (updated 8/5/2021)

As with all construction projects, schedules are subject to change pending weather and other unforeseen impacts. This information is intended to be as accurate as possible but may change from time-to-time. This information will be updated regularly throughout the project and as conditions change. 

  • Planned Work for This Week (8/2/2021) 
    • Completed storm sewer work and all utility install items.
    • Remaining utility items include final adjustment of manhole castings, curb boxes, valve boxes.
    • Mobilize grading crew for landfill cap opening.
  • Anticipated Work for Next Week (8/9/2021)
    • Stripping topsoil and clay and placement of stockpiled soils in the landfill. 
    • Excavation and grading work for Compost Site Bike Path. 
  • Completed Work 
    • Completed all sanitary sewer main and lateral work.
    • Completed all water main and lateral work.
    • Completed all storm sewer main work.
    • Completed tree and brush removals throughout project area.
    • Constructed temporary waste material stockpile site.

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