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TWIN LAKES — Road projects are in full swing in the village of Twin Lakes, with eight sections of roads to be improved over the next two weeks, Administrator Jennifer Frederick said.

The total cost for the 2019 road reconstruction and paving project is roughly $427,000. Asphalt Contractors was the low bidder.

“We have worked with this company before,” Frederick said. “We are happy the bid came in under budget.”

It is possible the village will be able to repave additional sections of road as a result of the savings.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to do a little more work while they are here,” she said.

This week, sections of Legion Drive, Pebble Beach Court and Spyglass Court will be completed.

The roads under construction next week are Bird Street, Sunset Road, Grandview Lane, School Street and Hunt Avenue.

Frederick said the village chooses which sections of road to upgrade based on a uniform rating system.

“We use the funds in the worst places,” Frederick said, adding it costs roughly $30,000 to repave 200 feet of road.

Legion Drive was closed to through traffic Tuesday afternoon. Legion Drive access from the Twin Lakes Country Club entrance to 343rd Avenue will be limited.

Both lanes will be closed as the road is pulverized, graded and paved but may be passable intermittently. The road will be passable each night after crews finish.

Motorists are encouraged to take Wilmot Avenue to Highway C or North Lake Road to Highway F to connect to Highway KD.

More funds needed

Frederick said the village road budget is underfunded. The village puts $150,000 into the budget annually.

“At that rate we are at a 40-year replacement cycle,” Frederick said, adding she hopes the village will be able to fund roadwork more aggressively as the economy improves.

The village qualifies for Local Road Improvement Program funds from the state every four years. She said it is due for the allocation in 2020. The last time it received funds, the village got $20,000.

The village is also widening and repaving the road within Legion Park.

It is the second phase of a two-year project that started last summer with the addition of pickleball courts and a new playground.

The cost of the roadwork within the park is not funded through the road project budget. Rather, the money comes from the Park Dedication Fund.

“That is fully funded through new homes built in the village,” Frederick said. “Hopefully we will be done by the end of the week there.”