Denmark Road is expected to close for bridge replacement in the next two to three weeks.

City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann said a date hasn’t yet been announced, but that it will be in the near future.

Widening work on the road is progressing. This week, crews with contractor KJ Unnerstall created concrete approaches and replaced driveways for residents.

Once the bridge is replaced, two hills will be excavated to improve sight distance and improve the profile of the road. That work is expected to be done in the spring.

Zimmermann said the scheduling of the excavation will be difficult, as crews have to dig three to four feet deep one lane at a time. The hills are located near Stable Stone subdivision and about three-fourths up the current hill.

Once the humps are removed, the entire length of the roadway will be overlaid and striped.

The original plan was to complete roadwork east of the bridge this fall, but the project is behind the original schedule.

Zimmermann said pre-construction work took longer than expected and “we are behind where we would like to be.”

“We were hoping if we had gotten started soon enough, we could have part of it done and paved before winter, but we’re obviously not going to make that, though it’s through no fault of the contractor,” he said.

Zimmermann urged motorists to use caution and follow the 20 mile per hour speed limit while crews are working.

Other Projects

Bids for sidewalks on Clark Avenue and State Street will be reviewed Monday night at the personnel, finance and public works committee meeting.

The city received a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to finance sidewalks on Clark Avenue and on the north side of State Street from Clark to Westmoreland avenues.

Sidewalks will be installed on the east side of Clark Street to be used by children who are dropped off at Clark-Vitt Elementary.

Zimmermann said the project is important because it provides walkways for children to walk to school and connects to the recent lake improvements.

Work will begin as soon as possible, he added.

Bids for improvements on Springfield Avenue are expected to be opened the second week of December with work to begin in the spring.

The federally funded project consists of repairing sidewalks, including removing curbs and installing ramps, as well as adding 5-foot sidewalks where there currently are none. The sidewalk on Springfield at Oak Street also will be widened and the road will be overlaid.

Funding for a 1.04-mile stretch of Springfield Road in the 2015-18 TIP was approved in July 2015 by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The funds require a local match of 20 percent, while 80 percent of the project would be funded federally through a grant administered through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The total cost is $946,000. Of that, construction accounts for $811,000. The city’s portion is just under $200,000.