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$147,000 Hudson Township sealcoating project begins next week

A 12 roadway, $147,000 sealcoating project will begin in Hudson Township next week, and a mid-July timetable has been set for bridge-replacement closures on Trout Brook Road.

About 2.32 miles of Trout Brook Road -- from Baer Drive to the town line, costing about $38,000 -- are also included in the spring sealcoating project outlined by Township Chairman Jeff Johnson.

The other roadways are:

--3.1 miles of Badlands Road from Hwy. 12 to the town line. Estimated cost: $54,000.

--0.12 miles of Benjamin Lane from County A to the road’s end. Estimated cost: $2,200.

--0.21 miles of Sadie’s Lane south of McCutcheon Road. Estimated cost: $3,700.

--One mile of Country View Road from County UU to Frontage Road, and all of Country View Court, Forrest Drive and Deer Haven Road. Estimated cost: $23,000.

--0.18 miles of Trail 12 and 0.37 miles of Chippewa Path from Hwy. 12 to the roadways’ ends. Estimated cost: $9,500.

--0.89 miles of Bradley Drive from Badlands Road to Kit Lane and 0.17 miles of Kit Lane from Bradley Road to the road’s end. Estimated cost: $17,000.

Johnson announced the project June 3 at the Town Board’s regular monthly meeting. Work is expected to start “around June 15,” he said.

Trout Brook Road closures had been scheduled for late May, but that timetable was pushed back by flooding and high water that kept county crews busy in other areas.

Under the new timetable, Trout Brook Road will be closed near the Willow River Race Bridge beginning the second week of July, depending on circumstances elsewhere in St. Croix County, Johnson said in an interview after the board meeting.

The River Race Bridge is the smaller and southernmost of two bridges on Trout Brook Road. Bridge replacement is expected to take about 45 days. About 100 feet of roadway will also be repaired.

Signs near the construction site had included the original late-May start date but are scheduled to be updated this week, Johnson said.

Stepped-up McCutcheon Road parking enforcement

In other action last week, the board:

--Unanimously approved four new no-parking signs on the McCutcheon Road curve between Sherman Lane and McCutcheon Lane in the wake of repeated heavy parking on the dangerous stretch of the roadway.

The board also approved a parking-fine increase from $15 to $50 throughout the township. Town Hall is also finalizing an agreement with the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department for stepped-up enforcement on the McCutcheon Road curve.

Town Clerk Vickie Shaw noted that many residents have complained about parking along the roadway, but violations have continued despite repeated warnings. The new signs, which will be put up on both sides of McCutcheon Road, will include the new fine amounts, Johnson said.

“If a ticket costs $50, and you get one or two tickets, you won’t get a lot of people parking there for very long,” he added.

--Directed Town Hall to gather comparative statewide township tax-levy information from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance and other sources in advance of a November referendum on a proposed $400,000 annual levy hike.

Johnson noted that in recent years, Hudson Township has ranked among Wisconsin’s most frugal where use of taxpayers’ dollars is concerned.

“I think that’s going to be some key information, and we do hold up pretty good there,” Johnson told the board.

If approved by local voters, the levy increase would be used to shore up Town Hall’s road-paving budget, which has been decimated in recent years by a 50 percent decline in state shared revenues and other factors.

The levy hike was approved in an advisory vote at the town’s April 15 annual meeting.

Chuck Nowlen

Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.

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