Beecher Road Projects Taking Longer Than Expected
By Jeff Vorva
Beecher Public Works Superintendent Matthew Connor didn’t bring good news to the September 11 village board meeting regarding two big road projects.
He preached patience and said, when the projects are finished, all will be good. But for now, there will be a few more headaches and inconveniences.
The Penfield Street and Indiana Avenue projects are running slow. Penfield will not be done until 2024.
“I don’t believe they are going to get a full substantial completion (this year),” Connor said. “The way I’m understanding it is the 500 and 600 blocks of Gould Street may not be touched this year.
“That may be early spring next year. Basically, they are trying to get everything from the creek to the railroad tracks in the same condition at it is from Dixie Highway to the creek, which is curbed and what they call B.A.M. (Bituminous) surface.”
He said weather has been a hindrance, but the construction crews are building storm sewers west of the creek and possible completion of that was at the end of the week, September 15.
Indiana Avenue’s project was seemingly running along smoothly but ran into a huge hiccup.
“Surfacing was complete (September 7) and one of the water mains broke underneath in the morning (on September 9),” Connor said. “So we had to dig through their brand new asphalt work.
“I talked to the county engineer, and he wasn’t too upset with us as obviously things happen that are out of our control. I’m hoping to get that patched in soon.”
Connor also said the railroad crossing delineators could be installed in the coming weeks. So, it’s going to take some time before trains stop using their horns.
Connor is excited about what the finished product will look like.
“It’s going to be nice,” he said. “There is some frustration right now, but the end result is going to be nice around town, for sure.”
Season 3 a go
This should be music to residents’ ears.
Economic Development and Community Relations Committee Chairman Ben Juzeszyn said the second season of the Concert Series wrapped up with a show by Maggie Speaks and the entire series was a success. He said that there will be a third season planned for 2024.
Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the October 9 village board meeting has been changed to 7 p.m. on October 10.
Due to the Christmas Day holiday, the December 25 meeting has been cancelled.
•The board authorized a proposal from Beecher-based Wirkus Paving to add Orchard and Meadow Lanes to the resurfacing project at the same unit pricing as was provided for a project at Country Lane.
•It also authorized an ordinance for the plat of vacation for Country Lane.
•Bids for the public safety building will be opened at 10:30 a.m. October 4. Bids are expected to be awarded on October 23.
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