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Wasn't 4 Mile Road Supposed To Be Open By Now?

Wasn't 4 Mile Road supposed to be open by now? Well... sort of...

The 4 Mile Road project is needed to alleviate increased train traffic, but the solution—building a bridge over Four Mile Road—has been a pain for area residents.

Here's the latest:

Cars backed up at the 4 Mile Road railroad crossing have in the past blocked traffic on Douglas Avenue. We Energies expects between two and four trains, each with 150 to 180 cars, coming through that crossing in a 24-hour period. The 4 Mile Road project is putting in a bridge so the trains can go over the road without blocking traffic. 

The Village closed the road in October 2011 and anticipated completing the projec this month. But that's not going to happen. 

At Tuesday's board meeting Village Engineer Mike Hayek explained why the project is taking six months longer than anticipated. He said they are making progress and the road should open in July 2013.

UGH!

Mike Fischer December 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Tell me again how village government can stop development in a neighboring city in a different county? As for the overpasses - I live east of the one on 6-mile, and it's been a dramatic life improvement to not have to worry whether it'll take me 5 minutes or 30 minutes to get home from 6-mile and 32.
Amanda Goldberg December 06, 2012 at 10:40 PM
They hired workers who were not certified to work on rail lines to begin with so they got shut down by the athourities. Then they had to wait until a certified crew was available to do the job (not until a few months ago). So the road was shut down long enough fo rthem to start ripping it up before they got caught and sat for almost a year before they could get the appropriate workers to come finish the job. MAybe it is on a two year plan. At least 32, Main St., and 3 Mile are open again. How many main streets can one small community block in a years time? A little better planning should be park of the Village concern next time.
Tansandy December 07, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Not true. Here is the news release from April 2012. "The delay comes because the village now has to bid out work for rerouting the railroad tracks around the work site, which sits on 4 Mile Road just west of the Douglas Avenue intersection. That work was going to be done by Union Pacific, once the village had created the earthworks for the tracks to be laid on. But the railroad would not have crews available to do the work until this fall at the earliest. “We’re not going to be able to build it because we don’t have the manpower,” said Richard Ellison, project coordinator for the railroad. While Ellison said the reason the railroad didn't have crews available to do the work was due to earlier delays in the project, Hayek said they had an agreement with the railroad that did not specify when they were going to do the work. Instead, the village is going to bid out work for a private company to reroute the tracks. That process is expected to take two to three months, Hayek said. That’s about the amount of time it will take the village to build the earthworks, he added." This is something a professional would have recognized when scheduling this project. The Village dropped the ball again!!
Sandy December 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I wasn't the one contending for the bridge, I thought it was a waste of money. It was several others who were saying this would alleviate the problem with the crossings at 4 mile, 3 mile, etal. I can see their point but I don't think there were any official public records to state how many times this actually occurred to substantiate and back up what they were contending. It seemed to me it was just some angry commuters that didn't want to sit and wait for the train. I thought it would have been a better idea to do the bridge at 3 mile since the firehouse was right next to 5 mile and could just go down to 31 and back up 4 mile to old green bay road. 3 Mile is a longer way from emergency services. As far as the underpass on 6 mile, wasn't that done awhile ago? That I could understand if there were trains sitting there because there really is no other feasible way around the train if you live in Crestview unless you go all the way down to middle road. But in the grand scheme of things....what do I know? lol
Kat August 12, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Ok, so patience is not a strong skill for me but REALLY ? WHEN is the 4 Mile Rd Bridge going to be complete ? SERIOUSLY....3 years ???? It took less than 1.5 years to build the Empire State Building..... WHAT...is going on? Does not appear that it will be open in August 2013....so, when then ?????

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