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Major Infrastructure Project Advances In Antigo

May 9, 2012

Crews are proceeding at a brisk pace on a complex utility and redevelopment project in Peaceful Valley and major work could be completed by the end of June.

Advance Construction is guiding the reconstruction of one of Antigo’s oldest streets, which originally followed a railroad beltline. During the 1950s and into the early 1970s the area was home to two implement dealerships, a coal and fuel company, machine shop and hardware store.

But times have changed. Only two buildings are still standing in the area, the structure used to check the weight of the coal trucks at the Dakin Brothers firm just south of the Field Street-Fifth Avenue intersection and the machine shop at Sixth Avenue and Field Street, both very substantial and attractive brick structures.

Work includes rebuilding Field from Fifth to Seventh avenue, Sixth Avenue from Spring Brook to Field Street, Seventh Avenue from Milton to Field streets and Sixth Avenue from Field to Aurora streets.

It’s a complicated project, including reconstruction of sewer, water, storm sewer and roadway including curb and gutter, sidewalk and driveway aprons, but so far, things are proceeding rather smoothly.

“The project is moving along quite rapidly,” Director of Administrative Services Dale Soumis said. “So far there have not been any big surprises with the exception that the contractor is having a hard time getting materials delivered on time.”

In conjunction with the Field Street work, Kautza Excavating is preparing to begin work next month on the rebuilding of what has become a no-man’s land in Peaceful Valley between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The Kautza firm will remove foundations, loading docks and other obstructions in the open one-block area.

An area that has been found to have ground pollution from an implement dealership will be capped with a parking lot.

When completed, the area will also have a park-like feel with lighting, sidewalks and a festival/recreational area.

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce has provided a Brownfield Grant of $153,000 to assist the city with the work including construction of the parking area. The remaining dollars are coming through bonding and the tax incremental finance district.

Work is scheduled to get underway on June 20 with completion in the late summer or fall.

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