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

Friday, October 29, 9:30 a.m.

Keller Ave is open for traffic.  Crews have been busy this morning pulling barricades along the construction zone.

The Amery Warrior Girls Cross Country team got to ride down main street escorted by an Amery fire truck on their way to State this morning.

Thursday, October 28, 10:00 a.m.

Keller Ave is on schedule to open tomorrow.

B & B Electric is in town today finishing up with some wiring.

Tuesday, October 26, 10:15 a.m.

B & B Electric is in town touching up the electrical.

Crews started installing signs along Keller Ave yesterday, and they will continue to work on signs today.

Monday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.

Friday’s reconstruction celebration was a success. The ribbon cutting was completed, and the clock was unveiled.

Today, crews are finishing up the remaining paint on main street, and tomorrow they will work on installing signs.

The stop lights are delayed, and they will be installed when they arrive.  For the time being, stop signs will be used in the place of the stop lights.

Thursday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.

Crews completed the blacktop yesterday, and they started pre striping the road. The striping machine is in town today, and they are hoping to begin the final striping. 

Also, a clarification, there will ultimately be stoplights at the Birch/Keller Intersection.  They are currently delayed, and will be installed when they arrive. 

As a reminder, there will be a Reconstruction Celebration/Ribbon Cutting on Friday from 3-5pm at the Birch/Keller intersection.  MSA will be handing out Root beer Floats at the event.  The road is not actually scheduled to open at this event.  The tentative opening date for the road is October 29th.

Wednesday, October 20, 9:15 a.m.

Blacktop crews are back in town today finishing up a couple intersections that they couldn’t get done yesterday.  Once the intersections are finished, all paving will be complete.

In the coming days, the state will strip lines on the road and put up signs.  The road will then need to go through final inspection before it can open for use.

Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 a.m.

Crews continue to put down the top layer of blacktop in the Keller Ave Construction Zone.  Some areas of the road now have a full layer of blacktop all the way across. The intersections along the stretch will be finished after the main area of the road is done.

Monday, October 18, 10:15 a.m.

Crews have started to put down the final layer of blacktop on Keller Ave.  This will run the length of the construction zone. There is no way to cross the construction zone at this time.

Over the weekend crews put down tack coat to adhere the layers of blacktop together.  This black sticky material is visible as the black darker lines on main street. 

Friday, October 15, 9:20 a.m.

The Burman Keller Intersection will be closing today, Friday, October 15th, and it is scheduled to remain closed for the remainder of the construction project.  

MSA Professional Services will be hosting a Downtown Reconstruction Celebration Friday, October 22nd from 3pm - 5pm.  The event will take place at the intersection of Birch St and Keller Ave, and MSA will be handing out root beer floats.

Crews continue to prep the road for the final layer of blacktop, and finishing touches are being put on the clock to get it up and running.

Wednesday, October 13, 12:30 p.m.

A1 continues to work on setting manholes and preparing for the last layer of blacktop.

Starting Friday, October 15th the Burman/Keller intersection will be closed until the project is completed. 

As the project continues, be careful walking across the blacktop on Keller Ave as there will be days where it could be sticky from road tack.

Tuesday, October 12, 10:15 a.m.

Crews are working on putting a second layer of blacktop on the south part of the Keller Ave construction zone.  They are also working on putting blacktop where the side streets and driveways meet Keller Ave. 

B & B Electric has part of the street lights up and running, and they continue to work on the rest of them.

Monday, October 11, 10:30 a.m.

Crews are here today laying blacktop on the south part of Keller Ave.  They will be putting down two layers this week to match up with what is currently on the North part of Keller Ave.

B & B Electric is here hooking up electric to the streetlights and clock.

All cross streets in the construction zone are now closed, but Burman remains open on the north end, at this time, to allow access through the west side detour.

Thursday, October 7, 9:00 a.m.

The crew will continue to install manholes and raise water valves today along the paved part of Keller Ave.

They will also continue to work on restoration along the project and final grading of the road. 

Monarch is still scheduled for early next week to put two layers of blacktop on the south part of Keller Ave.

Wednesday, October 6, 9:45 a.m.

The intersections at Keller Ave and Elm St and Keller Ave and Broadway St are now closed to traffic.  This allows for the final grading to be completed in preparation for blacktop. 

Crews continue to work on restoration between the sidewalks and the properties. 

Manholes are being placed along Keller where blacktop has already been poured.

Tuesday, October 5, 11:20 a.m.

Crews have partially graded the south part of Keller Ave.  The elevation stakes will be set, and then final grading will be finished this week. 

Restoration is being completed on the areas around the construction site. 

The last concrete for the sidewalks was put in yesterday.

Monarch is scheduled to come in early next week, weather permitting, to put blacktop on the south part of Keller Ave.

Friday, October 1, 8:15 a.m.

The remainder of the concrete could be poured today.  

Next week road grading will take place along with fixing some of the driveway issues. Asphalt is scheduled for the week of October 11th.

Thursday, September 30, 8:45 a.m.

Cement crews will be pouring concrete for sidewalks today from 7am-7pm.

Wednesday, September 29, 8:15 a.m.

A-1 is finishing up with sidewalk prep. The first concrete truck is scheduled for 11 this morning. 

Final road grading and stakes will take place the week of October 4th. Asphalt is scheduled for October 11th.

Monday, September 27, 8:30 a.m.

A-1 is prepping for sidewalks today and Tuesday.

Concrete work will be done Wednesday through Friday!

Tuesday, September 21, 9:15 a.m.

The concrete guys are here pouring curb and gutter and will finish today. 

B & B Electric is here running electric for the street lights and electric and fiber for the stop lights.

Crews will be back later next week to work on sidewalks.

Tuesday, September 14, 8:00 a.m.

The asphalt crews plan to put down the second layer of asphalt today. B&B is working on the street lights.  

The south end is fairly quiet today.

Monday, September 13, 8:30 a.m.

8 trucks are lined up with asphalt for the paving machine. 

B&B Electric is finishing up conduit on the south end. A-1 is on-site removing excess equipment. 

Remaining to finish up on the south end: electrical, curb and gutter and sidewalks, final grading and asphalt.

Unfortunately, Keller Avenue will not be finished or useable for Fall Festival this week/weekend.

Friday, September 10, 8:45 a.m.

Storm sewer is going in at the Memorial/Keller intersection. Crews continue to mark curb lines and set string.

The Elm Street intersection and County Road F/Deronda will be open for cross traffic at the end of the day for the weekend. Burman will remained CLOSED for the next week. 

Thank you for your continued patience.

Thursday, September 9, 8:15 a.m.

The only way in/out of Amery to the North is Riverside Boulevard on the east side. Keller is completely blocked for final grading. The asphalt grading stakes are being installed from Burman to Elm. Curb is being staked from Elm to Broadway. We are hoping that Elm will be opened for cross traffic.

Tuesday, September 7, 8:45 a.m.

The crews are working on finishing “road building” by the end of the week. They continue to haul the large rock.

B&B Electric continue to prep for the light poles. 

Crews are pouring concrete today and tomorrow.

Thursday, September 2, 9:45 a.m.

Everyone is in town this morning! 

B&B Electric is here installing conduit on the south end. Concrete trucks are pouring the dark gray for the boulevards. A-1 continues to take away organic material and haul in rock.

Wednesday, September 1, 10:30 a.m.

Approximately 100,000,000 pounds of rock is going in on the south end of the project.  

More concrete is scheduled for Thursday and Friday (weather permitting). 

Monday, August 30, 8:30 a.m.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast postponed the crews last week. 

A-1 is in town this week. They are measuring grades and the bulldozer is running. 

Activity should ramp up throughout the week.

Monday, August 23, 8:30 a.m.

More concrete will come later in the week. 

The electricians are installing conduit on the south end of the project.

Tri-City is pulling the forms on the newly poured headwall of the culvert. 

A-1 will begin removing 5’ deep of organic material and replacing it with good base on the south end (Elm to Broadway).

Wednesday, August 18, 8:45 a.m.

The boulevards are ready for concrete. Unfortunately, the concrete trucks are MIA. 

B&B is here for the next few days cleaning up. 

All sanitary sewer is in the ground (except 2 pieces).

Tuesday, August 17, 10:00 a.m.

Crews are completing the prep for the boulevard concrete.

80’ of sanitary sewer pipe is stubbed in along Keller for future use. This is somewhat of a failsafe so Keller doesn’t need to dug up in a sanitary sewer emergency.

The culvert is in and the headwalls will be poured.

The City Center is buzzing with construction activity!  The garage footings are being poured and HVAC is going in.

Monday, August 16, 8:45 a.m.

2 pipe crews and a sidewalk prep crew are on-site today. 

The pipe crews are running laterals to finish the sanitary sewer. When that is complete, they will start on the storm sewer on the south end of the project. 

They are ripping out the culvert on the west side. This is quite a challenge since it was built with plenty of concrete. The new headwall will be poured and needs to sit for 7 days.

Friday, August 13, 8:15 a.m.

The first concrete truck should be here at 8:30 to start pouring curb. This will cure about a week and the boulevards will be poured. 

Part City should be the last sanitary sewer to be connected on the south end of the project. 

3 excavators are now in town so things will be busy next week.

Thursday, August 12, 10:30 a.m.

The old clock should be put back up by tomorrow!

Strings for the curbs are going up now. Crews will possibly be pouring concrete tomorrow. 

They are prepping the boulevard for concrete. Hopefully concrete will be poured next week. 

Next Week:

The headwalls will be poured for the culvert. They will need to cure for a period of time before further work can be done on the culvert.

2 pipe crews will be here to finish the underground piping. 

**The Burman / Keller intersection will need to be closed while they repair a bad joint. This should require closure for less than a day. 

Tuesday, August 10, 8:15 a.m.

What is a lift station? Lift stations, also called pumping stations, are facilities used to move liquids and waste from low to high elevation through the use of pumps, valves, and electrical equipment. They are primarily used to transport wastewater to a water treatment facility that is installed where there is not sufficient gravity on a higher elevation. 

The lift station will be started up this morning at 9 a.m.  

A-1 is back on site hauling road gravel on the 100/200 blocks. 

Concrete to follow.

Monday, August 2, 8:30 a.m.

Xcel Energy will be running electrical to the lift station today. The lift station will be tested and should be up and running by Wednesday. 

Highlights from the new “City Center” project:

· Crews will be demolishing the concrete stairs to the second floor. 

· They are roughing in for the lower and main level electrical. 

· The new ductwork and plumbing will be installed on the lower and main levels.

Friday, July 30, 2:45 p.m.

The City of Amery regrets to inform you that the completion date for the Keller Avenue Construction Project has been postponed to October 10th.  October 10th would be 100% completion of the project. An additional 5 weeks was needed to remedy the sidewalk issues. This is definitely not something that we wanted to hear and we are certain this delay is not a welcome message for anyone, especially business owners.  

We all need to work together as a community to brainstorm positive ideas to make September and Fall Festival a success.   

State Road 46, otherwise known as Keller Avenue, is a state highway and there are only so many things that the City has any control over. We are looking forward to the completion of the project and for life to get back to “normal”, whatever that may be these days. 

Again, the City apologizes for the delay of the project. Let’s look for positive ways to come together as a community!

Friday, July 23, 10:00 a.m.

The lift station is in place and B&B Electric is working to prepare for electrical. The lift station should be up and running the week of August 2nd.

Wednesday, July 21, 9:15 a.m.

The last, hopefully, water shut off will happen today. Business owners have been notified. Crews will be dropping a section of water pipe that conflicts with the lift station.

Tuesday, July 20, 11:00 a.m.

The lift station is stable at this point and has not moved. Crews are waiting to get the final ok from Geotech to move forward.

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

PSI (Geotech) will be on site Monday for soil borings. A-1 will be on-site Monday and Tuesday to get everything ready until the lift station can be started up. Pending the soil boring results, A-1 will have a pipe crew on site the week of July 26 to finish up around the lift station and then turn it over to B&B for hook-ups. The lift station start-up will most likely be in early August pending the PSI’s report on the lift station. 

The City Center project is coming along. The building is basically gutted.

Wednesday, July 14, 8:30 a.m.

Crews are continuing with the gravity pipe. Depending on the weather, the gravity pipe should be done tomorrow. 

The lift station is moving about 1/3” up and down and they will continue to monitor.

When all of the pipe work is done, crews will come in with concrete for the entire length of the project.

The City Center building is about down to the studs. The asbestos has been abated. Things are going well.

Tuesday, July 13, 9:45 a.m.

Work has resumed as the A-1 pipe crew is in town to stub out the lift station. They will remain on site to finish the pipe work. The City of Amery said this will take an estimated 3-4 weeks to complete.

Crews will lay 400’ of gravity sanitary sewer pipe. When that is in, they will start on the force main from the lift station to Broadway.

A Tuesday morning release from the City of Amery said, “There is a concern with the new lift station…it is sinking. They are bringing in a geology technician to estimate just how much more the lift station can be expected to sink. If it’s only an additional ½”, it’s okay. If it’s 3”, that could be a problem. Crews are digging a lot of sawdust from the area.”

July 13, a crew may start on the lift station controls. Xcel Energy is getting close to hooking up power for the lift station.

The grading crew will come in after the pipe crew.

Mill and overlay work, along with striping on Keller from Griffin to Broadway and from Burman to the northern city limits has been completed.

The Cherry Street intersection has been opened back up.

Sidewalks continue to be poured as well.

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

The A-1 pipe crew will be in Amery on Monday to stub out of the lift station. They will remain on site to finish the pipe work. This will take an estimated 3-4 weeks to complete. 

Tuesday, July 13th, a crew may start on the lift station controls. Xcel is getting close to hooking up power for the lift station.  

The grading crew will come in after the pipe crew.

Wednesday, July 7, 9:30 a.m.

There is not too much to update. Work is at a standstill. The lift station is not yet operational. Electricity needs to be run. Once the lift station is operational, the new culvert and piping can be installed. Once all of the aforementioned is complete, the curb machine can come in, make the changes to the 100 and 200 blocks and hopefully finish up. 

The City Center demolition is coming along nicely.  

Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m.

Updates will be few and far between as construction is at somewhat of a standstill until crews can get back to Amery. A-1 is pulling up pump equipment at the new lift station and they will return July 5-6th.

Tuesday, June 22, 9:00 a.m.

Crews are busy getting electricity to the stop lights at the Broadway/Keller intersection.  The hole for the lift station is being dug. Sand and rock base will be added to set the lift station in concrete. This should be done by the end of the week. 

City Center Update:  Demolition continues. 

There is a Special Council Meeting tonight at 5:00 p.m. to discuss various options presented by our Engineer, Eric Barclay of MSA for the downtown sidewalks. Please note that since there was an informational meeting last week, there will be no public comment at this special council meeting.

Monday, June 21, 9:00 a.m.

The concrete crews should be in town to continue pouring concrete from Center Street to Elm Street. 

The A&W sign is down. Crews will dig deeper than 17’ to lay the base for the lift station. 

B&B continues to electrify the Broadway/Keller intersection. The Broadway Street intersection is 

complicated due to the gas lines, underground wires, fiber optics, etc.  

City Center Update:  The demolition crew removed 15 dumpsters for the demolition last week. It’s looking pretty bare. 

Clock Tower Update:  The clock has been painted and with a few hours’ worth of work, it will be ready to stand. Two new clock faces have been ordered and should be here in 10-12 weeks.

Friday, June 18, 8:15 a.m.

Crews are installing signal light post bases at the Broadway/Keller intersection. 

Pipe crews will be on site Monday to work on the south end of the project. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 9:15 a.m.

B&B continues to run conduit for the traffic lights south of Elm Street. 

The pipe crew should be in Amery on Monday to install the lift station and continue sanitary sewer work to finish up the last few blocks of Keller.

Wednesday, June 16, 8:30 a.m.

The asphalt on the north and south parts of Keller Avenue/State Road 46 should be done in the next day or so. 

The Broadway/Keller intersection is now closed to traffic.

There was a good turnout at the Special Council meeting last night regarding the downtown sidewalks. 

Demolition continues at the City Center project. 

Tuesday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.

No concrete today. A-1 is prepping sidewalk and working on removing road on the south end. The final layer of asphalt is being laid between Kwik Trip and Broadway.

The new City Center project is moving along with demolition.

Wednesday, June 9, 8:15 a.m.

Crews are pulling wire for street lights. Sidewalks are being prepped.

They are making the last pass for milling on the south end of town and prepping for a layer of black top. 

Stay cool out there!

Tuesday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.

Not too much going on with the project today. 

No concrete today. B&B is here pulling wire. 

Demolition starts at the old Bremer Bank tomorrow.

Monday, June 7, 9:15 a.m.

Due to the heat, crews will pour concrete until it becomes too hot and unsafe for the workers to continue.

A-1 continues to prep sidewalks for concrete.

B&B will finish up the light pole bases except for the 2 light pole bases by the culvert.

The mill and overlay project has begun on the south end of town.

Friday, June 4, 8:45 a.m.

Crews will be pouring concrete all day today. 

The new lift station is here for the Memorial Street intersection. If you would like to see what a lift station looks like before it goes in the ground, it’s near the Noah Insurance building.  

Beginning Monday, June 7th, they will be removing approximately 3¼” of blacktop and replacing it with 1¼” blacktop from Broadway to Kwik Trip. The following week they will remove approximately 1¾” blacktop from Burman to York Park. When the project is done, crews will go through and add the final layer to the entire length from York Park to Kwik Trip. 

The Annual Airport Fly-In / Drive-In is Saturday from 7-11 am at the airport! 

Wednesday, June 2, 9:00 a.m.

B&B has 2 crews installing light post bases. 

They are prepping for sidewalk. Concrete pouring will resume Thursday afternoon or Friday. The reddish colored concrete was poured near the Hyland intersection yesterday.   

The ground-breaking for the new home of the City Hall, Police Department and Library “City Center” will be this afternoon at 4:00 pm. 

The June City Council meeting is tonight at 5:00 pm at City Hall.

Tuesday, June 1, 8:30 a.m.

Concrete trucks will be coming at 10:30 this morning. Curb could be finished to Elm Street today.  Crews are saw cutting the new sidewalks to make a break line. 

The traffic configuration at the south end of town is thought-provoking. Our guess is that milling may start soon. 

B&B continues to lay pipe, conduit and install light pole bases. =

Thank you to all who came out to make the Super Saturday Block Party and Memorial Day Program “A Salute to Veterans” a success!

Friday, May 28, 8:15 a.m.

Crews are back at it today!  They are pouring sidewalks and curb today. Light post bases continue to be installed. 

The furniture and office supply liquidation sale is today and Tuesday from 9-3 at the old Bremer Bank location. Lots of oak desks, file cabinets, monitors, keyboards…Bring someone to help you take it all away!

The Farmer’s Market and the Block Party are tomorrow, Saturday. Come for shopping, ice cream and good company!

Wednesday, May 26, 8:00 a.m.

Unfortunately, the curb machine didn’t make it to town yesterday. The exact day it will get here is unknown. 

Crews will continue to pour concrete. The narrow sidewalk against the buildings is being poured today. 

The signal light posts are going in. The tubes need to go 17’ into the ground. They are having trouble getting them the 17’ down due to the water. 

They are putting light post bases in from Birch to Center.

Tuesday, May 25, 8:45 a.m.

The curb machine is here and they will be working on getting curb in down to Subway. Crews will continue to pour sidewalks. 

 Bump-outs, also known as curb extensions or pedestrian peninsulas, extend the sidewalk. Benefits of Bump-Outs:

  • Improves safety for pedestrians, including children and the elderly:
    • Better visibility of pedestrians about to cross
    • Shortens crossing distance
    • Reduces right side passing by motorists
    • Discourages vehicle speeding

Monday, May 24, 8:15 a.m.

The crews are pouring concrete until rain makes them stop for the day. 

The curb lines are being finalized past the Elm Street intersection. 

Bremer Bank has moved to their new location and the City has taken possession of the old Bremer Bank for renovations into the new “City Center”.  Furniture is being moved to storage and the City is planning to sell the excess furniture within the next few weeks. Watch for updates.

Friday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.

The rain has stalled activity today. 

The new lift station for the Broadway/Keller intersection will arrive early June. The lift station will be wired and the pipes run to Broadway Street before it is hooked up to Keller. Keller will be connected approximately 2 weeks after the arrival of the lift station. The culvert will be replaced when the lift station is hooked up. The new sewer will run under the culvert. It currently runs above the culvert. 

Crews will work on curb to Noah Insurance next week. 

The light poles and other material will be removed from Soo Line Park to make way for the Farmer’s Market.

Thursday, May 20, 8:45 a.m.

The rain is keeping the concrete crews away. 

The electrical crew continues to install light posts and conduit to keep ahead of the concrete crews. 

MSA is marking light posts and curb lines to Elm.

Wednesday, May 19, 8:15 a.m.

The Center Street intersection is finished. 

Crews will be pouring sidewalks if the rain stays away. They will continue to grade for the sidewalks from Maple Street to Center Street. They will continue to mark for curb from Center to Elm Street. 

A temporary driveway is available from Elm Street to the Subway parking lot.

Tuesday, May 18, 8:30 a.m.

The sidewalks from Burman to Maple are being graded and could be ready for concrete by noon today. 

Crews are working to finish up the Center Street intersection. They are staking for curb from Center Street to Elm Street intersections.

The road should be “built” from Burman Street to Elm Street this week.

Friday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.

Crews will finish removing the old dirt at the Center Street intersection today. Sand base with gravel overlay will then be hauled in to build the road.

Crews are grading for sidewalks and should start pouring concrete next week. Curb will be staked to Elm Street on Tuesday through Thursday of next week

Concrete work continues on the light pole bases today. Asphalt is postponed until the concrete work is complete. 

Wednesday, May 12, 8:30 a.m.

The light pole base tubes that will contain the conduit are going in today and tomorrow. The concrete work begins after the tubes are installed. The curb crews are continuing to the south. The road building continues to the north. Sidewalk concrete could start next week.

Tuesday, May 11, 8:30 a.m.

The curb work continues today. Prep work for the light pole bases is starting. Crews have moved out some of the unneeded equipment. They will continue to clear and build the road. The gas line crews should be finishing up in the next week or so. Cement has been poured at some of the crosswalks on the north and south ends of town bringing them into ADA compliance.  

Monday, May 10, 9:00 a.m.

The last piece of pipe has gone in this morning on Center Street. All piping is now installed from Burman Street to Subway.

The curb crew is pouring curb and gutter. This is a very fast process.

B&B is working on electrical.

Other crews are working on removing concrete and building up the road.

Friday, May 7, 9:00 a.m.

The last of the pipe is going in the ground at Center Street. That means that all of the piping (water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer) is in on Keller from Burman to Subway!! Thank you for hanging in there during the outages!

The concrete crew is here today prepping for the first pour on Monday. 

Crews will continue to clean up and “build” the street from Central to Elm today. 

On a different note, IConcrete is going in at the new North Park bathrooms!

Wednesday, May 5, 8:45 a.m.

The crews are finishing up storm sewer at the Elm Street intersection. 

Sanitary sewer is in from Center Street to Bittersweet Homestead. 

Center Street intersection: 

  • They are extending the water main in each direction. 
  • The sanitary sewer is extending to the east because there is a bad manhole on Center Street. 
  • Lastly, storm water drains will be installed. 

Crews are on schedule to finish all underground piping by the end of the week. As always, this is tentative barring any surprises. 

They are continuing to pull sidewalks on the south end past Soo Line Park. 

Concrete is still on schedule for Friday. 

The crews have a very ambitious schedule and are doing a great job!

Tuesday, May 4, 8:30 a.m.

Center Street:

  • Crews are hooking up the east / west water lines today. 
  • Sanitary sewer hookups start today. It should be hooked up all the way to Subway now. 
  • When all of the above is finished, they will install storm sewer to finish up the infrastructure at the Center Street intersection.  

Elm Street storm sewer is going in today.  

The first load of concrete is scheduled to come in on Friday.

Keller Avenue / Highway 46 on the south end of town is undergoing construction to make the sidewalks ADA compliant. Temporary sidewalk ramps are being installed. Use caution as it can be quite a kerfuffle. 

The old clock is being sent to be sandblasted and painted.

Monday, May 3, 8:30 a.m.

Center Street Intersection:

Sidewalks are being removed. Crews are transferring sanitary sewer from Lamperts to Center. This should be done by tomorrow. Storm sewer is going in. This intersection should be done this week. 

The Elm Street Intersection could be finished up today. 

Road building continues.

Other crews are doing curb work on the south end of Keller from Broadway to Kwik Trip making intersections and crosswalks ADA compliant. 

Friday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.

They are finishing up the last of the water main work by replacing a valve at Warren Street. 

One pipe crew is laying sanitary sewer from Lamperts to Center Street. Another crew is hooking up laterals into the new sewers between Elm and Lamperts.

The crews are working on storm sewer at Elm Street and moving very quickly. 

The street is being built back up from Birch to Center.

Thursday, April 29, 8:30 a.m.

An 8” unmarked, unknown water main was found from the Lion drinking fountain to Harriman Avenue. The main did not have a shut off valve.  This could be one of the reasons that it was difficult to isolate water shut-offs. That is being taken care of this morning. 

The Elm Street intersection was excavated to 9’ deep yesterday. The intersection contained major connections of water, sewer, fiber optics and gas lines. This is where the log that was posted on Facebook yesterday was found. 

Sanitary sewer installation is moving along. 

Sidewalks are being removed in front of Chet’s this morning. Most downtown sidewalks will be removed today. 

The goal is to have Keller Avenue from Burman to Soo Line Park built back up (filled) by the end of next week. 

Conduit is installed from Burman to Birch.

Wednesday, April 28, 8:00 a.m.

The Lion’s Club drinking fountain is being hooked up today! 

The plan is to have the street backfilled and “built” back up all the way to Center Street by the end of next week. 

The curb and gutter crew is scheduled to come in on May 6th.

The electrical conduit for the lights posts is laid out and ready to be dug in this morning from Bremer to Acme. 

The cones on Keller Avenue are for intersections and crosswalks that will made ADA compliant. 

Mill and overlay on the ends of the city (Snow to Broadway and Hyland to York Park) will take place approximately mid-June.  

We apologize for inaccurate information in regards to the fill and overlay from Pondhurst to Deronda. That will take place next summer.

Tuesday, April 27, 8:30 a.m.

Crews will continue hooking up businesses to the water main in the historic downtown. 

Installation of the conduit and light pole bases starts today at Burman. 

They have stopped the water main work and are focusing on the sanitary sewer. Temporary sanitary sewer is going in by Bittersweet Homestead.  

Cost estimates are being requested for in-ground music system wiring from the old Bremer Building to Noah Insurance.  

Monday, April 26, 8:45 a.m.

Cherry Street will be closed to Keller Avenue this morning until further notice. 

The water main is finished at the Elm Street intersection. They will begin working down to Warren Street where it will be finished.  Valves on Keller will then be new and any water outages can be more localized. 

Storm sewer is going in at Birch and Center Streets.

Friday, April 23, 12:15 p.m.

Elm Street: The water line is continuing to be reconstructed. The City apologizes for the inconvenience that the water outages are causing. The old valves are continuing to leak and therefore, it is difficult to isolate exactly where the water needs to be off.  

Central Street: The water line hookup is moving along. 

The road rebuilding is coming along quickly. It is already looking like a road again from Burman to the Fitness Center!

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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