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Rusk Avenue Construction

Rusk Avenue Update August 20, 2016

The watermain and water services are installed and the sewer main is more than half complete. Next week, weather permitting, will see the sewer main and manhole installations finished and the new road base being built. This means access will be limited for another week until the road base is built.

While it is more likely that the curb will not be poured until the week of the 25th, curb and gutter could be poured as early as the end of the week. 

Please contact Sarah Grainger, City Engineer at 608-637-7154 ext. 20 or sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com with any questions.

If you know someone who would like to be added to the mailing list please contact sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com. The updates will also be available on the City of Viroqua website on the Rusk Avenue Construction page http://viroqua-wisconsin.com/city-of-viroqua/departments/public-works/rusk-avenue-construction.


The construction project area is one block of Rusk Avenue from Jefferson to Terhune. This is a full street reconstruction where watermain, sewer main, sidewalk and the road surface are replaced. The proposed road cross-section is nearly identical to the current.

The project is anticipated to last a month. Please note that scheduling in construction is difficult. Weather, material availability, underground surprises and unplanned delays inevitably will change the schedule. The City thanks you in advance for understanding the expected schedule changes.

There are a number of items that are important for landowners to be aware of:

  1. Property Access – Pedestrian access to properties will always be maintained. Vehicular access will be restricted at times depending on the location of excavation. As soon as possible we will create a drivable gravel surface. Anyone with accessibility issues should contact Sarah Grainger in order to develop alternative plans.
  2. Temporary water – Temporary water may be used during this project. That means for a period of time your water may be serviced from above ground hosing until the connection to the watermain is reestablished. We will notify you 24 hrs in advance of water shut off unless in an emergency situation. Further to this, any time construction is near your property it is a good idea to fill buckets of water in case water service is disrupted unexpectedly.
  3. Replacement of water and sewer services – Replacement of water and sewer services from your property line to your serviced structure is optional. In many cases on this block water services are older lead service piping. When we excavate your service the City will replace the line from the main to your property line. We will inform you of the condition of your line and the materials as seen at the property line. It is significantly more economical to replace old lines when we excavate in front of your home. If you have recently replaced your service you likely have the correct materials and they are in good condition. If you aren’t aware of the service material or if it has been replaced you should contacting a plumber about the potential for work. We will not be able to tell you until the last minute the exact day we will be excavating in front of your property. Please start making contacts with plumbers now. Lastly there are options to have the water or sewer service replacement cost assessed to your taxes over a 5 year period. Please contact Sarah Grainger about this option.

This is a lot of information to take in. The most important thing is when in doubt contact Sarah Grainger, Director of Public Works/City Engineer at 608-637-7154 ext. 20 or sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com. She will be happy to answer any questions or address concerns.


When construction begins, the City of Viroqua will be sending weekly updates on the progress via email. These updates will also be found on the City of Viroqua website under the Rusk Avenue Construction page.

If you have any questions and/or wish to provide your email to receive these updates, feel free to contact Sarah at 637-7154 ext. 20 or sgrainger@viroqua-wisconsin.com.