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10323467_10152160049924514_2073614132_oFor weeks 5 Mile Road between Nicholson Road and Highway H has been closed because of a broken culvert, said Tony Bunkelman, assistant village engineer for Caledonia.

The village ordered a new culvert, but it hasn’t been dry enough to get the work done. Still, the road remains closed because Bunkelman fears the road could fail.

“Every two feet or so there’s a four- to five-inch gash in the pipe… it’s collapsing and there’s a huge void under the roadway so the only way to fix it is to replace the culvert,” Bunkelman said.

All of the water from the Nicholson Wildlife refuge goes through the culvert, which has been filling up with water and it takes about 10 days to go down every time it starts raining. So right now, the village is stuck in a waiting game for the weather to clear up.

“We want to make sure gets down to as normal as possible before replace it,” Bunkelman said. “It’s going to be a huge water pumping job. Don’t get me wrong, there is always water going to be water going through there, but we’re trying to minimize it.”

The road has been closed since early April and they are monitoring the water elevations daily. As soon as the water goes down, the village will get the work done.

“I’ve already got a contractor ready to jump on it. Unfortunately, this is just an extremely weather dependent project,” Bunkelman said.


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.