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Ruger closed for the summer

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
May 18, 2010
— Road construction season has arrived.

If you drive one of the 5,600 vehicles that travel the east end of Ruger Avenue daily, you'll have to find an alternate route starting Wednesday, when the road closes to through traffic.


Electronic message boards already alert drivers about the upcoming road rehabilitation and bridge reconstruction project, said Mike Payne, city engineering department manager.


"The advisory signs will be out a little over a week then removed when the DOT and Rock Road start construction," he said.


Work on the extension of sewer and water lines begins today, and traffic will be allowed through, said Matt McGrath, a city engineer. The street closes Wednesday to all but local traffic.


Construction on the half-mile stretch—from the Interstate 90/39 overpass to Wright Road—includes a bridge replacement at a cost of $1.6 million. Work should be done by Sept. 30, Payne said.


Street resurfacing will be paid with federal stimulus money. This will include curb and gutter replacement, removal of a portion of the existing pavement, followed by new asphalt pavement, according to a city press release.


The city will pay for 20 percent—about $100,000—of the Spring Brook Bridge replacement. Federal dollars will pay for the rest, Payne said.


While Ruger Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Pontiac Drive and Wright Road, access to the Janesville Community Day Care Center and local residences will be maintained except when new concrete is being poured and cured, the release said.


The designated detour begins at Pontiac Drive, continues to Milwaukee Street then Wright Road.


Residents in subdivisions north and south of Ruger Avenue between Greendale Drive and Wright Road should use an alternate route during the road closure, the release said.


Access to the bike trail at Ruger Avenue will be closed during construction. An on-street detour will be provided on Palmer Drive and South Wright Road.


The Wright Road city bus route will be modified during the road closure.


The normal westbound Ruger Avenue leg from Wright Road to Pontiac Drive will not be served while the street is closed. Instead, from northbound Wright Road, the bus will continue past Stuart Street and turn left (west) onto Milwaukee Street, then left (south) onto Pontiac Drive and right (west) onto Ruger Avenue to resume the normal route.


The bus stop for Mercy Clinic East will be directly across the street from the bus shelter on Wright Road during the detour.



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