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Bridge over freeway slated for future fix

At the March 7 Kinnickinnic Town Board meeting, Karl Kopacz and Adam Sauer of the state's Department of Transportation presented an overview of future bridge reconstruction.

The reconstruction involves a demolition and rebuild of the Interstate-94 bridge that crosses Kinnickinnic Road (130th Street).

That bridge, built in the 1950s, shows signs of deterioration. Though the official design won't be done until May 2018, Kopacz stated that the idea is to raise the interstate freeway over Kinnickinnic road and build an eastbound and westbound single-span bridge that will handle three lanes of traffic each direction.

The new westbound bridge will shift to the left to eliminate the need for a temporary bridge, as vehicles will be able to use the old westbound bridge during construction.

The project is expected to cost between $17-20 million. Most money will come from federal funds.

Construction is tentatively set for spring 2019 and completion for fall 2020. Kinnickinnic Road is expected to remain open to traffic during construction.

Deer removal contract OK'd

The Town Board received a $55-a-year bid for deer carcass removal on town roads.

Supervisor Dave Nelson expressed concern over the "too good to be true" very low cost.

Incinerating a single carcass far exceeds the $55 removal cost. That left Nelson with questions regarding how the contractor will dispose of the carcasses and whether it will be done responsibly.

"If (the carcasses) end up in a field somewhere, are we going to be liable?" Nelson asked the board.

Town Board Chairman Jerry Olson saw no alternative. He pointed out that the typical cost of removal can be hundreds of dollars per month.

With the exception of Nelson, the board agreed to the $55-per-year rate on a one-year trial term. After that the service quality will be reviewed.

The new Current

Kinnickinnic's new "The Current" newsletter will feature items written by residents and board members regarding contemporary and historical events.

Various stories will be compiled for the publication. A limited number will be printed and made available in a dropbox outside the Town Hall.

The board is discussing submission guidelines and delegating editorial duties.

Host WTA meeting

The Kinnickinnic Town Hall has been chosen to host the annual Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27.

Annual Meeting

The town's Annual Meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

All town residents are encouraged to attend.

—By Sydney Wachtler

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