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Village/Downtown Celebrate Opening of Washington St.

The Village celebrated the completion of watermain, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and road work improvements on Washington Street near the downtown on Friday, August 23. Members of the Village Council, Downtown Management Board and staff, together with area business owners and representatives of John Neri Construction Company cut the ribbon on the newly resurfaced street.

The $940,000.00 project involved extensive infrastructure improvements on Washington Street between Burlington Avenue and Maple Avenue including:

  • Watermain replacement
  • Storm sewer replacement
  • Reconstruction of sanitary sewer manholes
  • Reconstruction of failed curb and gutter sections
  • Road resurfacing and striping
  • Sidewalk replacement   
  • Accessible curb extensions and crosswalk improvements

This coordinated investment in infrastructure provides cost effective delivery of water and sanitary services and improved drainage. It has also resulted in safer and more aesthetically appealing streets and sidewalks.

Timely and consistent communication with those impacted by the construction played a critical role in minimizing the frustration that can often develop during projects. Letters, emails, e-news updates and good old fashioned door-to-door interactions were used to inform people about lane reconfigurations, weather delays and temporary road closures.  

"The businesses really appreciated the notifications and cooperation and are very happy with the new street in addition to the new parking spaces,"said Downtown Manager Linda Kunze.

Road closures were kept to a minimum to reduce the impact on businesses along this important  feeder street to the downtown area. "Support for the businesses and communication about the project was excellent. The signage provided helped everyone succeed and stay open," stated Sandy Agee who co owns the Washington Street Barber Shop with Geri Hulbert.