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City projects in full swing

City projects in full swing


A city park tucked away in a southside neighborhood could soon become a popular hot spot.

City officials said plans are underway to begin construction this fall on a splash pad and pavilion at Schulte Park, 4300 87th Place. The $330,000 project, funded through an amendment to the city’s Capital Improvement Program, is tentatively scheduled to be completed in early 2020, according to Kenosha Public Works Director Shelly Billingsley.

“We’re still in the design phase,” Billingsley said.

The city is under contract with Waukesha-based Ayres Associates, an architectural and engineering services firm, for the project.

The splash pad includes a variety of vortexes, including geysers, fountains, sprayers, towers and jellies. A walkway, complete with a bike rack and several park benches, begins at 87th Place and circles the play area. The pavilion is connected by an adjoining walkway and is large enough to cover multiple picnic tables.

A majority of the park’s existing playground equipment will remain.

Several major city projects — including shoreline revetment, harbor dredging and road construction — are ongoing and on schedule, according to assistant city engineer Greg Boldt.

Shoreline revetment

A nearly $8 million lakefront infrastructure project is progressing smoothly in Kennedy Park.

Massive pieces of granite and quartzite, stockpiled along the Kennedy Park shoreline, began arriving in May from Wausau. Installation will begin later this month as delivery of the materials continues.

“They can only get so many of those large rocks on a truck at a time,” Boldt said. “The contractor can work faster than the material can get delivered. During installation they will continue to bring more stone, but we need to get enough stockpiled so once they start they can continue to work.”

A portion of the rocks will be placed underwater. Others will be positioned on top of the existing revetment.

“They place each rock individually,” Boldt said. “It’s like a big jigsaw puzzle.”

The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Harbor dredging

The mouth of the Kenosha Harbor will be fully dredged for the Aug. 1-4 Kenosha Tall Ships Festival.

The $572,700 project, contracted by New Berlin-based Michels Corp., could be completed next week, according to Boldt.

It was the fifth time in the past 11 years the harbor underwent dredging, a process where silt and sediment are dug out of the harbor channel and transported to a designated location.

The harbor must maintain a minimum 18-foot depth as a harbor of safe refuge. Strong storms and powerful currents frequently move sand toward the Kenosha shoreline and past the North Pier Lighthouse. That silt and sediment find their way into the harbor, where they build up and eventually make the channel impassable for large vessels.

Dredging projects previously took place in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The current project removed about 14,000 cubic yards of sediment. It was deposited back into Lake Michigan near the new Southport Park revetment from 68th Place to 75th Street. The disposal process was recommended and approved by the Department of Natural Resources.

Road construction

City crews began paving the east side of 22nd Avenue from 75th Street to 81st Street on Thursday, which will allow traffic to switch sides of the street in about two weeks. The work being done is part of a seven-year, 22nd Avenue reconstruction project. The current stretch of the project began on April 22 and is estimated to be done in mid-November.

Reconstruction continues on the north side of 60th Street from 55th Avenue to 60th Avenue. Work is expected to be completed on that stretch and moved to the south side of the road before August.

Between revetment, dredging and road construction, there are dozens of projects happening simultaneously throughout the city. While it’s admittedly a lot of work, it’s not uncommon, according to Billingsley.

“This happens every year,” Billingsley said. “We bounce around a lot. We have a very good engineering team.”


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