Redgranite approves Pine River Street bridge replacement

Redgranite Village Board approved moving ahead with replacement of the Pine River Street bridge during their regular meeting on Sept. 19. The bridge, which was constructed in 1936, is 81 years old and is in need of replacement.

“It’s not going to fall down tomorrow,” said MSA Professionals Engineer/Pro-ject Manager Quirin Klink. But Klink told the board that Wisconsin bridges are inspected every two years and that the latest rating for the bridge was 38.6 and the rust on the girders is accelerating.

The village also approved a contract with MSA Professionals to begin design of the project, do the survey, work with the DNR, and complete the necessary steps to get the project completed next summer.

The village will use Tax Incremental Funding to pay for the bridge replacement, with the deadline for use of the TIF funds to be completed by June 2019. Since contractors work on bridges from May through September, the project needs to be completed during the summer of 2018.

MSA Professionals Service Manager Randy Herwig also attended the meeting and told the board since the last board meeting, the village has been awarded the Safe Drinking Water Loan for up to $500,000. The money will be used to partially fund the wellhouse project, which is estimated to begin in March 2018.

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