The Town was notified on July 29th that Honey Creek Road will remain closed through August 6th and may remain closed through the early part of the following week. The contractor has been slowed by the heavy rains impacting the ability to pour concrete, set the culverts, and finish excavating the roadway.
The removal of the two 72″ metal culverts on the north end of Honey Creek Road began on Monday, June 28, 2021. Highway Landscapers was hired to do the project. The two culverts will be replaced with one large concrete box culvert with head walls. This is a challenging culvert replacement since Honey Creek is a navigable stream and cannot be completely closed with a dam. WDNR requires the water to be pumped around the culverts, and with the recent heavy rains, pumping of that large volume of water takes special pumps and equipment. Cofferdams with removable panels were installed to control the water volume so work can be done in stages.
This portion of Honey Creek Road will also be reconstructed with new steel beam guards on each side of the road. It will be paved with asphalt this fall when Omro Road is being paved. During an inspection of the culverts last year, it was determined that the culverts were rusting badly and needed to be replaced as soon as possible. The Town received a grant from Winnebago County to cover 50% of the project cost. The Town of Algoma allocated the remaining 50% in its 2021 budget. With engineering expenses, the total cost to replace the culverts, reconstruct the road, and install new steel beam guards is approximately $250,000.
Contractors working on Omro Road will keep the stretch between N. Oakwood Road and Leonard Point Road open, so drivers who normally use Honey Creek Road can access their residences, a business, or employer in that area of Omro Road.
The project began on June 28, 2021 and is scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2021. The project has been revised to the following schedule-
July 26th – July 30th
-Finished pouring cement pad for culvert; cleared trees; and stabilized area for heavy rains.
August 2nd – August 6th
– Setting culvert sections, and framing and pouring of headwalls.
August 9th – August 13th
– pouring of headwalls; installing beam guards, backfilling; adding rock rip rap; graveling road; and landscaping. Road will be paved with asphalt when Omro Road is paved.