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All information is subject to change. This article will be updated through the duration of the project.

Thursday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.

Crews are finishing up water connections to the businesses this week.  

They are tearing up pavement and running new water main at the Elm Street intersection. Water main replacement will end at Warren Street and should be done by Monday. 

There WILL BE WATER OUTAGES on the south end of the project today. 

The Burman intersection will be open to local through traffic soon. 

The Cherry Street/Harriman Avenue “short cut” will be closed beginning Monday in an attempt to save the road from unnecessary wear and tear of the detour. It is one of the most hazardous intersections in the City. 

Reminder:  Mill and Overlay will begin on County Road F from Pondhurst to Deronda on Monday, April 26th

Wednesday, April 21, 11:00 a.m.

Water Main:  All new services should be in down to Birch Street today. The new water main is installed down to Central this morning. They are anticipating the water main will be finished by Monday. 

The crews are continuing road building and removal of sidewalks. Final grading will be done and ready for curb and gutter in a few weeks. 

Monday, April 26, a different crew will start milling and filling the top 1½” of pavement on County Road F from Pondhurst to Deronda. The road will not be closed but construction flaggers will be on site. Please expect delays.

Tuesday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.

Keller Avenue has been torn up past Elm Street to Subway.  

The remainder of this week and next week, they will be hooking up businesses to the new water mains. 

Burman Avenue Intersection: They have started actual road building at the intersection. This involves hauling a lot of fill.  As the crews move to the south they will be removing the sidewalks. It will be approximately 2 weeks before they will start to replace the curb and sidewalk.  

Once they are finished with the Maple Street intersection, Burman will be opened up for local through traffic. Trucks will not be allowed until the intersection is completely finished. 

The crews are on schedule. 

Please advise any trucks you may have coming into the City to use the detours off of Highway 8. 

From the West:  Highway 65 to County Road C to County Road F. 

From the East: Highway 63 to County Road F and into the City.

Monday, April 19, 10:30 a.m.

Burman / Hyland intersection: The crews are removing large logs that were initially laid in the wet areas to make the road. They are filling in with 2 feet of crushed select (large) rock. Once filled, it will be put up to grade with recycled roadway that was removed. 

Maple Street Intersection: The crews will be tying in the water mains off of Maple Street. 

Individual water services are scheduled for connection this week. That should be done by the end of the week. 

Tomorrow they will continue removing more of Keller Avenue pavement. They will keep moving with storm sewer.

Friday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.

Starting at the north end and working our way south…

The Burman intersection is up to grade. If the barricades are wide enough to fit through, feel free to go through and use Harriman Avenue as a detour. 

All new water services have been installed up to Maple Street. 

Storm sewer is going in at the Maple Street intersection. 

The goal of the crews is to finish the new water line to Elm Street. 

There will be some water outages next week as new water services will continue going into the businesses. 11 businesses have requested new water lines into their businesses! Those will be scheduled next week.

Thursday, April 15, 8:30 a.m.

The crews are hooking up the sewer on Tower Street. 

Water is going into the Bremer Bank building. They are making 2 stubs into the main water line to Maple Street in both directions. 

There are currently 2 stops for the water main line downtown. One is at Burman and the other is at Baker.  They are now putting in plenty of stops to be able to better isolate the water downtown. 

The dirt is being removed and drain tile is going in at Burman. It will then be built back up to usable condition.

The timeline for replacing the sidewalks is unknown at this time.

Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.

The crews are finishing the storm sewer from Burman to Tower Street. They are updating the storm sewer to Maple Street. 

Drain tile is being added under the base at the Burman intersection. They will be adding 2’ of base.

The water line is installed to Center Street was tested for safe water. We are good to go.  The crews will be hooking up laterals to the businesses soon. 

Keller Avenue is torn up all the way to Save-A-Lot at this point. Things are moving along fast now.

Tuesday, April 13, 8:45 a.m.

The Mayor was given faulty information yesterday. The crews ARE working today!

Sanitary sewer is being laid from Tower to Maple Street. 

Crews will continue laying water pipe south down Keller Avenue. Keller will continue to be torn up by Soo Line Park. 

Starting tomorrow, A-1 Excavating will be crushing rock at the Burman intersection for approximately 3 days. This is a very noisy process and will operate between the hours of 8am and 5pm.  The crusher is equipped with a dust containment system so dust should be kept to a minimum.  This on-site crushing will enable Burman to be opened sooner.

The construction crew, A-1, does the water outage notifications although there may be unexpected outages due to the nature of their work. Some water outages cannot be predicted. We sincerely apologize for this.

Monday, April 12, 8:15 a.m.

The water will be turned off today at 8:00 a.m.to attach the Birch Street water main to the alley water main. If everything goes well, water should be back on by 10:00 a.m.

Due to the weather and forecast for snow, no pipe will go in until Wednesday. Crews will back at it on Wednesday.

Friday, April 9, 8:45 a.m.

The rain has put a hold on construction. 

The water main is laid past the clock to the south. Storm sewer is set at the Burman intersection. Sanitary sewer main construction will start on Monday. The water main is installed at the Birch intersection without connections. The crews are making connections on Monday so please expect outages. 

REMINDER FOR TRUCK TRAFFIC:  

Highway 8 From the West:

The weight restrictions will be lifted on State Road 65 effective noon on Monday, 4/12. We recommend using Highway 65 to County Road C to County Road F and into Amery.  

Highway 8 From the East:

Use State Road 63 to County Road F and into the City. 

Thursday, April 8, 9:00 am

The storm sewer is being finished up at the intersection of Keller and Burman. The crews are starting the sanitary sewer at Maple Street. The water main is being stubbed in on Birch Street to the alley. 

Minor on and offs of water service may occur throughout the process. We are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.

Sanitary sewer is moving up Keller to Maple Street. This is the deepest pipe so the crews are working on that first. When that is complete, they will finish up at Burman. When the pipe is laid up to Birch, it is likely that there will be another water shut-off.  We are keeping an eye on that schedule to try to give you the longest notice possible.

There will not be concrete on Monday.

Please advise trucks coming from the west to use State Road 65 to County Road C to County Road F and into Amery to ease the congestion in the City. Unfortunately, it will probably be at least 2 weeks before the detour can be rerouted to Burman and Harriman Avenue.

The old clock will be taken down soon. If anyone would like to donate monetarily to the clock’s restoration, please call City Hall.

Tuesday, April 6, Press Time

Monday the construction crew started stubbing in the water line on Hyland Street for future use. Sanitary sewer and storm are going in at the Keller and Burman intersection. Pipe is down to American Family Insurance. The first truckload of concrete is tentatively scheduled to arrive next Monday for curbing.

Road construction continues. Keller Avenue is closed from south of Oak Street to Broadway Street. 

There is limited access to businesses on Keller Avenue from the streets of Tower, Center, Baker, Central, Elm, Warren, Memorial and Broadway.

The following Keller Avenue intersections are CLOSED: Burman, Maple and Birch. The closure will be for 2-4 weeks. The crews will work to get Burman open as soon as possible.

The main alternate route from the north will be Keller Avenue through North Park to Riverside Boulevard to Center Street to the alley behind Lamperts to Central and back to Keller.

The Project–Keller is a State Highway and there are many specific things that need to be addressed due to that fact. The official detour will be Hwy. 8 to Hwy. 63 to Hwy. 64 and back to Hwy. 46. The main goal of the detour is to bring larger trucks safely around the construction.  

The weight restrictions on Highway 65 are being lifted at noon next Monday. Trucks and regular traffic can then use Hwy 8 to Hwy 65 to County Road C and then to County Road F into the City.

The downtown area will be very congested for the next few months. Mill and overlay will begin in June from Dental Arts to York Park and to the south from Broadway to Kwik Trip. 

The project is scheduled for completion mid-September.  

Gas Line Update: The gas company states they have approximately 5 weeks of work remaining as they move to the south.

Updates can be heard each morning on WPCA radio 93.1 FM as Bob Zank chats with Mayor Paul Isakson ion the air weekday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with project updates.

Tuesday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.

Things are moving along smoothly. 

Sanitary and storm sewer are being laid at the Keller/Burman intersection. Pipe is down to American Family Insurance. 

GOOD NEWS! The weight restrictions on Highway 65 are being lifted at noon next Monday! Trucks and regular traffic can then use Highway 8 to Highway 65 to County Road C and then to County Road F into the City.

Monday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.

Keller Avenue is a busy place this morning. 

The construction crew is stubbing in the water line on Hyland Street for future use. Sanitary sewer and storm are going in at the Keller and Burman intersection. The first truckload of concrete is tentatively scheduled to arrive next Monday for curbing. 

As per any large project, this is subject to change at any time.

Friday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.

Construction seems to be going smoothly. 

There was a snafu last night and water was off to parts of the City. The construction crew was excavating and hit an unmarked, abandoned, but live, water line. Replacing this dated infrastructure will be a wonderful solution!

Thursday, April 1, 10:00 a.m.

Things are moving along fairly quickly. New pipe is being laid. Asphalt is torn up from Burman Street to Birch Street. 

The wrong valve was turned yesterday and a few unsuspecting businesses were left without water for a time. By contract, A-1 needs to give 24-hour notice when water will be turned off. The City has asked them to try to give a 48-hour notice for a water turn-off if at all possible.  Water turn-off would only affect those buildings that are connected to the water main that runs along Keller Avenue.

Elm Street is now closed.

Wednesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m.

The first water shut off is today. The A-1 crew is laying the first piping on Keller Avenue. Once in place, the next water turn off should be when your building is connected to the line. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

Elm Street is open as a cross street today. 

Looking at the map from yesterday’s post, the only possible traffic detour, at this point, is along Riverside. Please allow an extra 5-10 minutes if using the detour.

Tuesday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.

Day #1 was a rough day to say the least. The Public Works Department and Amery Community Club are working hard to simplify signage and identify individual businesses.

ROAD CLOSED means CLOSED to all traffic. Please do not move the barriers. 

Keller Avenue Project Map - March 30

Keller Avenue is CLOSED to ALL traffic from Hyland Street to Center Street. Keller Avenue is open at Central (Dairy Queen), Elm Street (Noah Insurance) and Memorial Drive (Amery Auto Supply). This is subject to change as the Gas Company moves along Keller Avenue. 

The following intersections at Keller Avenue that are currently CLOSED in both east/west directions are: 

                Hyland, Burman, Tower, Maple, Birch, Center 

Traffic seeking access to downtown businesses on the west side of Keller should use Harriman Avenue.  Traffic seeking access to downtown businesses on the east side of Keller should use Riverside.   

County Road F is open in both directions. 

Don’t forget that WPCA (93.1 FM) is offering (free of charge) to have the 9:45 a.m. time slot available to business owners to discuss how to get to your business and any construction promotions (no advertising please). Please call Bob at (715) 268-9722 to schedule an appointment. Mayor Paul Isakson is on the air weekday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with project updates.

As always, please watch your speed on these residential streets.

Tuesday, March 30, Press Time

Road construction started Monday, March 29. Keller Avenue is closed from south of Oak Street to Broadway Street. 

There is limited access to businesses on Keller Avenue from the streets of Tower, Center, Baker, Central, Elm, Warren, Memorial and Broadway.

The following Keller Avenue intersections are CLOSED: Burman, Maple and Birch. The closure will be for 2-4 weeks. The crews will work to get Burman open as soon as possible.

The main alternate route from the north will be Keller Avenue through North Park to Riverside Boulevard to Center Street to the alley behind Lamperts to Central and back to Keller Avenue.

Keller Avenue Construction Map

The project starting point was changed because the culvert on the south end of Keller near the Auto Parts store cannot be replaced until after June 15th per the Wisconsin DNR.

Keller Avenue is a State Highway and there are many specific things that need to be addressed due to that fact.  The official detour will be Highway 8 to Highway 63 to Highway 64 and back to Highway 46. The main goal of the detour is to bring larger trucks safely around the construction.  

The downtown area will be very congested for the next few months. Mill and overlay will begin in June from Dental Arts to York Park and to the south from Broadway to Kwik Trip. 

The project is scheduled for completion mid-September.  

Gas Line Update: The gas company states they have approximately 6 weeks of work remaining as they move to the south.

Updates can be heard each morning on WPCA radio 93.1 FM as Bob Zank chats with Mayor Paul Isakson ion the air weekday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with project updates.

All information is subject to change. This article will be updated through the duration of the project.

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