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8510e61f25206e77f6d12b1317a64411Staff from the Village of Caledonia have concerns about the Department of Transportation’s plan to resurface Highway 32 from 5 Mile Road to just north of the wayside.

The concerns were brought up during a public works commission meeting on Wednesday.

Originally the state wanted to put in roundabouts. But after residents complained, the plan was changed to include: two lanes from Highway 31 to Highway 32, curb and gutter, traffic lights, sidewalks and a bike lane.

Village engineer Mike Hayek explained to members of the public works commission that a federal mandate requires sidewalks with curb and gutter. The state will also need to buy a number of parcels before the project could be bid out in 2017. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

Hayek voiced concerns that the state plans to take out the driveway to the fire station on Highway 32, and that the Department of Transportation wants to complete the Highway 31 and Highway 32 projects at the same time. He explained that traffic would be diverted down 7 Mile to West River River Road, then down Highway 38 to 4 Mile Road, which is a problem because the roads have a Class B weight limit and would result in the roads being damaged.

Hayak wants to propose that the DOT work on the Highway 31 portion of the project first, get that portion open, and use 4 Mile Road as a detour when work is being completed on Highway 32.

Storm water management is also a concern and Hayek explained that assistant village engineer Tony Bunklemen would be working on understanding the impact.

Village board member Kathy Trentadue questioned why the project included sidewalks and traffic lights at all three points.

Hayek told the public works commission that the DOT is having a meeting at 10 a.m. on April 24.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.