2017 Construction Season Expected to Be a Busy One

The network of public streets in Portage is important for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods and represents a fundamental public service provided by the City of Portage. Likewise, the provision of safe and quality drinking water, as well as good reliable sanitary sewer, are core responsibilities of a local government.  As part of the 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Program budget, several transportation and utility projects will be completed during the 2017 construction season.

Local Street Reconstruction Project

The Local Street Reconstruction Project consists of the reconstruction and resurfacing of various local streets and will include “complete street” enhancements, connections of existing sidewalk, widening of sub-standard narrow streets, removal and restoration of existing parking areas not in conformance with city ordinances, storm drainage improvements, installation of ADA sidewalk ramps and asphalt resurfacing. The expected construction period is February 2017 through June 2018. 

Major Street Reconstruction Projects

Rockford Street, Schuring Road to Romence Road − The project will include pedestrian sidewalk and barrier free improvements, storm sewer rehabilitation, curb and gutter repairs and pavement resurfacing. The expected construction period is July through September 2017. 

Portage Road, Mandigo Avenue to Osterhout Avenue − The project will include storm drainage improvements and bike lane construction, as well as sidewalk extension on the east side from Mandigo to Osterhout Avenue. The expected construction period is April 2017 through August 2017. 

Shaver Road, Vanderbilt Avenue to West Centre Avenue − The project will include barrier free pedestrian improvements, pavement resurfacing and water main replacement. The expected construction period is April through August 2017. 

Romence Road Reconstruction, Grand Elk Railroad Grade Crossing – The project includes the replacement of the rubber panel and asphalt railroad grade crossing on Romence Road with a concrete panel grade crossing. Railroad construction will require a two-week road closure and will occur in the summer of 2017. 

Traffic Signal Improvement Projects

South Westnedge Avenue/Kilgore Road Traffic Signal − The project includes the installation of a new traffic signal, mast arms, traffic signal controller, pedestrian sidewalk and barrier free improvements. Traffic shifts and lane restrictions will occur on South Westnedge Avenue throughout the duration of the project. The expected construction period is February through May 2017.

South Westnedge Avenue/Romence Road Traffic Signal − The project includes the installation of new traffic signal, mast arms, traffic signal controller, street lighting and barrier free improvements. Traffic shifts and lane restrictions will occur on South Westnedge and Romence throughout the duration of the project. The expected construction period is February through July 2017. 

West Centre Avenue/Old Centre Road Traffic Signal − The project will include the installation of a new traffic signal to provide protected turn movements, as well as construction of a west bound right-turn lane. Construction began in November 2016 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.

Water and Sanitary Sewer Projects

Chopin Avenue and Mozart Street Water Main Project − Water main and accessory equipment will be installed in Chopin Avenue from Mozart Street to west end and Mozart Street from Chopin Avenue to the north end to serve properties on these sections of Chopin Avenue and Mozart Street. The expected construction period is April through July 2017.

Angling Road Sanitary Sewer Project − Sanitary sewer will be installed on Angling Road from Squire Heath Lane to Romence Road to serve properties on this section of Angling Road. The project will include reconstruction of the street, in addition to bike lanes and storm drainage improvements. The expected construction period is May through September 2017. 

As with all construction projects occurring in or near public roadways, motorists are asked to pay special attention in work zones. Please use caution around the construction workers and remember to Give em’ a Brake!  For more information on these important projects, please call the Department of Transportation & Utilities at 329-4422.