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Road closure

The village is nearing the end of the road on Highway 32 construction which has closed Douglas Avenue to through traffic. Although businesses are open to traffic, some have reported a decline in customers.

CALEDONIA — The end is in sight for the construction on Highway 32 in the village and it couldn’t come soon enough for some businesses.

The construction area is roughly 1.7 miles and goes from about 1,000 feet south of 5 Mile Road to about a half-mile north of the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway 31.

Only local traffic is allowed on that stretch; however, Utility Director Tony Bunkelman said patrons of Douglas Avenue businesses are considered local traffic and should be allowed access.

The village wrote in a Saturday news release that it does not anticipate any more side-road closures for roads that feed into Douglas Avenue for the week, although work on the water system will continue.

Paving and clean-up is scheduled to start on May 18. All road work on Highway 32 is scheduled to be completed, and the road reopened, by May 22, though that is weather-dependent.

The village website indicated there will be closures along Highway 31 and a possible weeklong closure on Six Mile Road in the near future. Those dates have not been set.

Kevin Jones, one of the owners of Buddy’s Sports Grill & Mulligan’s Mini Golf & Driving Range, 6633 Douglas Ave., said the project has affected his business.

While some loyal patrons have navigated the closures, he said they’ve seen a decrease in spontaneous customers. He is looking forward to construction being done.



Christina Lieffring covers the Burlington area and the Village of Caledonia. Before moving to Racine, she lived in Nebraska, Beijing, Chicago and grew up in Kansas City.

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