WATERFORD — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced the planned reconstruction of Highway 20/83 has been delayed until 2019.
In an online post on Wednesday, the village stated, “This one-year push for work by the DOT is due to budgetary constraints related to project work in FY 2018.”
Barbara Messick, the village’s public information officer, said the village does not anticipate the DOT’s rescheduling will affect the current infrastructure work being done, aside from possibly affecting the temporary repavement.
One of the DOT’s requirements is for municipalities to update their infrastructure before road reconstruction, which is why Waterford is tearing up downtown this summer.
The repavement plan in place assumed the DOT would reconstruct the road a few months later in the fall of 2018. Now it looks like it’ll have to hold up for a year.
DOT officials and a quorum of village trustees are scheduled to hold an informational meeting at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Chamber of Commerce at 300 E. Main St., so business owners and the general public can ask questions and learn more about the delay.
“We don’t have all the answers right now, so it’s to learn about the status of the project,” said Messick.
Messick said that work on East Main Street has been completed and that crews will begin taking down barricades, “hopefully by this weekend.”
Work will continue west on Main Street up to Waterford Union High School, 100 Field Drive.
First Street is still closed to through traffic as that project continues. No end date has been announced.