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City of Port Washington, Wisconsin

City of Port Washington Engineering Department

2021 Street Improvements

For the latest project updates, please click here.

The City of Port Washington will be constructing water, sewer, and street improvements in 2021 in the following locations:

W. Beutel Rd. N. Holden St. N. Wisconsin St. Reconstruct
N. Benjamin St. W. Beutel Rd. Thomas Dr. Reconstruct
W. Barry Ave. N. Holden St. N. Benjamin St. Reconstruct
Randy Circle W. Beutel Rd. North Termini Reconstruct
Viola Circle W. Beutel Rd. North Termini Reconstruct
Cindy Circle W. Barry Ave. South Termini Reconstruct
Thomas Ct. Thomas Dr. North Termini Reconstruct
N. Holden St. W. Barry Ave. Thomas Dr. Resurface
Thomas Dr. N. Holden St. N. Wisconsin St. Resurface
Michael Ct. Thomas Dr. South Termini Resurface
Sunset Dr. CTH LL S. Spring St. Resurface

Project Information

The purpose of the project is to replace the existing water main, rehabilitate sanitary sewers, improve drainage, reconstruct/resurface street pavement, and improve safety for motorists and pedestrians.

The reconstruct improvement will generally consist of complete replacement of the existing street base, curb and gutter, driveway approaches and street pavement, spot replacement of existing sidewalk, replacement of all water mains and services within the street right of way, and replacement/rehabilitation of existing storm and sanitary sewers. Street widths will be reduced to conform to current City standards.

The resurfacing improvement will generally consist of milling and resurfacing the existing roadway, spot replacement of curb and existing sidewalk, and rehabilitation of existing storm sewer and sanitary sewer structures. New sidewalk will be installed on the south side of Thomas Drive between Benjamin St. and Wisconsin St. The installation of a multi-use path/sidewalk on the north side of Sunset Road between County Highway LL and S. Spring St., including the realignment of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail crossing, will also take place. Besides creating bump-outs on the Interurban Trail, the only other curb reconfiguration will be on Thomas Circle, where the "eyebrow" will be reconfigured into a cul-de-sac with a 30' radius.

There will be no special assessments for street work or replacement of sidewalk. New sidewalk (not replacement) may be contemplated for a special assessment. Additionally, homeowners interested in replacing their sanitary sewer lateral or constructing a new storm sewer connection as part of this project may arrange to do so at their expense.

Construction for the project is anticipated to occur sometime between March 29th, 2021 and September 17th, 2021, however once construction starts on the road in front of a property, the road will be substantially completed and reopened within four months or less. Homeowners will be notified of the construction schedule once it becomes available.

Traffic During Construction

The roadways being improved will be closed to through traffic during construction. Unfortunately, there will be times during construction where the residential properties will not have driveway access, and residents will need to park their vehicles on an adjacent side street. Residents will be notified in advance of these operations. Residents will be given the contact information for the City's on-site representative prior to the start of construction.


No right-of-way acquisition is anticipated for the project at this time. There may be some instances where the contractor may need to work on private property to flatten driveway slopes, blend lawns behind the sidewalk, and reconnect water services.

Helpful Links Contact

For more information, please contact either:

Rob Vanden Noven, P.E., City Engineer/Director of Public Works, at (262) 268-4267 or rvandennoven@cpwwi.org

Jeff Chvosta, P.E., Project Engineer, Gremmer & Associates, Inc, at (920) 924-5720 or j.chvosta@gremmerassociates.com


Since 2017, the City of Port Washington has banned the usage of Coal Tar Based Sealants for sealing asphalt driveways, parking lots, or any paved surfaces. Coal tar based sealants contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are highly toxic to humans and animals, and pollute our waterways, including Lake Michigan.

Please be aware that the private, public, or commercial sale or usage of coal tar-based sealants in the City of Port Washington is strictly prohibited, and all violators are subject to a minimum fine of $250, and a minimum of $1,000 fine for commercial applicators.

When hiring a contractor, be sure to ask if they use coal tar based sealants so that you can inform the contractor that they are not permitted. Insist on an asphalt based sealant instead.

Please click on this link for more information from Clean Wisconsin and Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership.

2021 Sidewalk Improvement Project

This year, the City of Port Washington will be replacing sidewalk squares that are out of alignment or could potentially cause a tripping hazard. The area covered by this project will primarily encompass the subdivisions west of Spring St. Click here to see map. Forward Construction will be the contractor for this work which is anticipated to take approximately 3 weeks beginning sometime in mid-summer. If you have any questions, you may contact Ross Kroeger at rkroeger@cpwwi.org.

NOTICE REGARDING SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT AND INSTALLATION. The City has an ongoing sidewalk replacement program. Sidewalk replacement work may be done as necessary and such costs may be charged to the abutting property. Also, in accordance with §18.05.020, Municipal Code and the City’s policy of providing a continuous sidewalk system, future installation of sidewalks may be required along streets where no sidewalks currently exist and such costs charged to the abutting property. Questions about sidewalks may be directed to the City’s Engineering Department at (262) 284-2600.

2021 Sidewalk Installation on Hales Trail, Sunrise Drive, and Crestview Drive - Updated 05/21/2021

Scheduled to begin in April 2021, this project has been delayed by the contractor until mid-July 2021 at the earliest. BMCI Construction, Inc., will be constructing new sidewalks on both sides of Hales Trail, Sunrise Dr., and Crestview Drive. Click here for the map. Work is anticipated to be completed within 6 weeks after it begins. Most residents will have full access to their driveway for the duration of the project, but a few will have new driveway approaches installed, and be required to park on the street for approximately 10 days while their new concrete driveway approach cures. Affected residents will be notified in advance of any driveway removals. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Ross Kroeger at rkroeger@cpwwi.org.

North Breakwater Walkway Improvements - Updated 12/01/2020

Michels Foundations has suspended work on improvements to the North Breakwater Walkway for the season. We anticipate construction of the improvements to resume in Spring 2021 as weather permits. At that time, the western half of the breakwater will remain open to the public, however, the eastern half of the breakwater will be under construction and closed to the public. There will be no access to the lighthouse at that time. Work is anticipated to be completed by June 30, 2021, weather permitting. Contractor staging will continue in Coal Dock Park, and the promenade will be closed during unloading and loading of the barge. If you have any questions, please contract City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven at 268-4267 or rvandennoven@cpwwi.org.

Emerald Ash Borer Update

If you have an Ash tree along the street in front of your home, it is being treated by the City Forestry Department to maintain its resistance to infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). All City Ash trees lining the streets and in the parks have been treated or removed. If you have an Ash tree on your own property, you are responsible for treatment or its removal. If you are not already treating your Ash tree, it is very important that you have it removed as soon as possible by a qualified arborist. Infested trees are an extreme hazard to your home and those living there. Please see https://p.widencdn.net/rrokxh/Emerald-ash-borer--the-dangers-and-costs-of-infested-trees for more information.

Storm Water Management


If you look in the street outside of your home or office and search the parking lots around town, you will probably find storm sewer inlets. Did you ever wonder where they go? A common misconception about storm sewers is that they go to a wastewater treatment plant. This is not the case. Storm sewers transport storm water (rain and melting snow) into our creeks which flow directly into Lake Michigan without treatment. Storm water often contains materials found on streets and parking lots such as oil, antifreeze, gasoline, soil, litter, pet wastes, fertilizers, pesticides, leaves and grass clippings. When these materials enter lakes and streams, they become pollutants that disrupt the ecosystem, harm or kill the aquatic life, and close beaches.

What can you do to help???????

  • Do not use the storm sewer inlets for disposing of motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, paints, solvents, garbage, cigarette butts, pet waste, etc.
  • Repair leaks from your car's transmission or radiator. Soak up spills with cat litter or other absorbent material and put in your trash bag for disposal.
  • When washing your car, use a biodegradable soap or take your vehicle to a commercial car wash or wash it on the grass or a gravel area to prevent phosphates from the soap draining into the storm sewer.
  • Sweep (do not wash) fertilizer, soil, leaves, grass clippings, etc., off driveways and sidewalks. Any debris left on the pavement is quickly washed into the storm sewer during the next rainfall.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, deep rooted grasses and flowers, and ground cover. These plants soak up storm water, reducing pollutant-carrying storm water run-off.

If everyone does their part, we can make a world of difference!!

*Source - UW Extension publication GWQ004; Storm Sewers - The Rivers Beneath our Feet


The Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership is urging homeowners, municipalities, and private contractors to make a commitment to reduce salt use this winter. Using excess salt harms plants and animals, pollutes our water, damages buildings and corrodes vehicles, roads and bridges. Once you put salt down, it doesn't go away. Instead, it travels into our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, putting our aquatic life at risk and endangering our freshwater resources. Salt also alters the composition of soil, slows plant growth and weakens the concrete, brick and stone that make up our homes, garages, bridges, and roads.

Believe it or not, just a coffee mug of salt is enough to treat an entire 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares. Scatter the salt so the pattern looks like the image below:

City of Port Washington - How to Spread Salt

Other strategies include:
  • Shovel: Clear walkways and other areas before the snow turns to ice. The more snow you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it will be.
  • Sweep: Sweep excess salt from walkways and parking lots after a snow event, especially before a rain event to prevent salt from washing down the storm drain to our waterways.
  • Switch: When pavement temps drop below 15°, salt composed of sodium chloride won't work. Switch to sand for traction or a different ice melter that works in lower temperatures.
  • Look: for proper salt use at the stores and businesses you visit. If they're using the right amount of salt, thank them! If not, let them know you are concerned about over salting and direct them to www.wisaltwise.com for more information.
  • Love The Lines: the stripes on roadways before a storm are made of anti-icing brine. Using brine can reduce overall salt use by 70%! If you see brine lines, you know that your winter maintenance crew is protecting public safety while saving time, money and caring for the environment.
  • Be Salt-Wise All Year: The salt you put in your water softener ends up in local freshwater streams. New, efficient softeners use less than one bag per month. If you're using more - have a professional tune yours up - or, replace it with a high-efficiency model.

Do your part to help out our community and local water resources. Be Wisconsin Salt Wise! Find out more at www.wisaltwise.com.


City of Port Washington, Wisconsin Department of Public Works Contact Us

Engineering Department
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074

Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Rob Vanden Noven

Administrative Assistant
Judy Klumb
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074

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