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Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 3:33 pm

Madison residents, especially those living along W. Center St., had a chance on Monday night to ask questions about a major reconstruction project scheduled next summer in their neighborhood, located on the city's west side.

The city's open house on the proposed W. Center St. reconstruction project drew about 30 local residents when it was held after the city commissioners' meeting.

Chad Comes, city engineer, and three engineers from Sayre Associates -- Doug Hoy, Paul Korn and Adam Slowey -- laid out maps of W. Center St., explained the current plans for the street reconstruction and answered questions. Sayre Associates, a Sioux Falls firm, will perform the project's design work.

Starting with an overview of the project, Comes said that W. Center St. between Highland and Blanche avenues would receive new water and sewer mains, new storm sewer infrastructure and new pavement.

The project's contractor is not expected to install new sidewalks except where they are needed to complete the project, and workers would install some new ADA-accessible curbs for street crosswalks.

The Sayre engineers were asked where the work would start along the eight-block stretch of Center St.

Korn, a project engineer, explained that the street reconstruction would probably start where the sewer mains were lowest and continue along the main's rise in underground elevation.

The construction workers will widen the street's pavement from 26 feet of asphalt to 32 feet. They will install new pavement, except between Josephine and Blanche avenues where they will try to retain the current pavement and lay down additional asphalt to widen the street. Along that same block, the construction crew will also install a new water main under the north boulevard.

According to Slowey, Sayre's engineers believe that Madison's sanitary-sewer system should see some benefits after it's rebuilt.

"You should see some improvements," said Slowey, a project engineer.

Korn said workers would install new sanitary sewer mains and also service lines from the mains up to the boulevards -- but not into the lots for homes and other buildings. Hoy, an operations manager, told the residents that they should consider having new sewer-service lines installed up to their houses and other buildings, especially if those are quite old. Hoy said old clay sewer lines probably needed replacement.

When asked if any of the trees along W. Center St. would need removal, Comes said, "We'll take out as few as we can."

Comes also said that the construction crew would probably close W. Center St. along the entire route except for providing access for neighborhood traffic, but workers would likely keep the Union Ave.-Center St. intersection open as much as possible.

"We'll work out the details in providing as much access as we can," Comes said.

According to Comes, the project's planners were trying to balance vehicle access with costs to keep the project's costs down.

Hoy asked the Madison residents to fill out comment cards that were available during the open house with their information. He said Sayre and the contractor would want information about any residents living along W. Center St. who have special needs. Hoy said the workers would try to make adjustments.

As for vehicle parking after the project is completed, Comes said parking should remain the same as it is now.

Comes said the W. Center St. project would probably require using all of the warm-weather construction season to complete all of the work.

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