Shorewood faces $450,000 in alley work

In addition, regular street repavements being prioritzed

Feb. 4, 2014

Shorewood — Alleyways in need of reconstruction or major maintenance are likely to begin receiving more attention under Shorewood's pavement management plan.

In a report to the Village Board on Monday, Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick provided an overview of street and alley repairs completed since 2005 and an outlook of what is planned for 2014 and beyond.

As required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the village rates its roadways each odd calendar year, using the state's pavement surface evaluation and rating system scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best condition. The ratings apply only to residential streets, Butschlick noted, which excludes Capitol and Wilson drives and Oakland Avenue, due to their classifications by WisDOT. Although not required, the village also rated its alleys in 2013, Butschlick said.

The pavement management plan adopted by the village in 2009 takes those ratings into consideration and specifies that street reconstruction projects are to be completed in even calendar years, with a budget of $1.5 million to $2 million and coordinated with major utility, other infrastructure and development projects, Butschlick explained, and that major maintenance projects are to be done in odd calendar years, based on need, with a budget of $225,000 to $250,000.

Aside from pothole patching in various alleys and the 2011 resurfacing of the alley serving the 4400 blocks of Cramer Street and Murray Avenue, completed with Community Development Block Grant funding, no reconstruction or major maintenance of alleys has been funded since the plan was adopted.

"There is an awful lot of work to be done," Butschlick said.

Based on alleys rated at four or less in 2013, approximately 1,900 lineal feet of alleyway is in need of reconstruction, Butschlick told the board, which would amount to about $250,000 in asphalt costs if the alleys are resurfaced, or about $450,000 if reconstructed in concrete. The use of asphalt or concrete would likely vary for different areas, Butschlick said, depending on factors such as elevation, grades and drainage. An additional 1,375 lineal feet are in need of major maintenance, or currently rated at a five or six.

"Generally speaking, anything that's four or less we're looking at reconstructing," Butschlick said, which also applies to streets. Implementation of the street replacement program planned for 2014 through 2020 would leave the village with only a handful of street segments rated at five or less by 2021, based on current ratings.

As next steps for the alley portion of the plan, village engineering staff will be working on developing an alley reconstruction and maintenance schedule, including more formal cost estimates, to be considered by the board in determining a formal alley funding policy or program, Butschlick said.

Village President Guy Johnson requested that the board be provided with information on what other communities do with their funding policy, which Butschlick agreed would be included.


Shorewood's pavement management plan can be found by visiting and searching for "pavement management."

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