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Falling trees cause damage

WisDOT says property will be restored

By Scott Bellile

Crews began removing trees as part of the State Highway 22 reconstruction project Monday, March 20, but hit a couple hiccups along the way.

Some private property was damaged during the work.

“A wheelchair ramp to a residential property was damaged from one of the felled trees,” said Kristin McHugh, communication manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation North Central Region. “Crews repaired the wheelchair ramp to a usable condition as soon as the tree was removed. A private vehicle also sustained some damage.”

McHugh said the contractor assumes liability for all damage to public or private property resulting from its operations. The contractor is On Site Logging of Forestville.

“We will continue to work with the contractor and the property owners to ensure that the property is restored,” McHugh said.

Single-lane traffic closures along State 22 are anticipated as crews finish removing trees this week and possibly next week. Seventy-five trees will be stripped from the work zone.

Beginning Monday, March 27, the highway will close to through traffic between 13th Street and State Highway 156. Through traffic will be detoured via Seventh Street, North Lyon Street, East 12th Street, SSGT Warren Hansen Drive and State 156.

While people will be able to access properties adjacent to the work site, their access to driveways and/or intersections may be limited for short periods. The contractor will notify residents and the public prior to these temporary closures.

The purpose of the project is to reconstruct the roadway along with the Highways 22/156/Green Tree Road intersection; replace curb and gutter, sidewalks and streetlights; and replace the water main and sanitary sewer systems. It is anticipated to last through October, according to the WisDOT’s project timeline.

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