Hibbard Street Reconstruction

Hibbard Street will be completely reconstructed during the summer of 2020. This web page will be residents best source of up to date information regarding the project. If you have any questions/concerns that are not answered by the information on this page please contact us HERE.

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October 22, 2020

Due to the weather not being cooperative the next couple of days, the pouring of curb and sidewalk on the North end of Hibbard St has been pushed back to early next week. We have some good news; Turner St storm sewer should be completed this week. Please watch for updates from Public Works for special leaf pickups in your area. This past Monday and Tuesday we parked a Public Works truck at 2 separate locations for your leaf disposal, and we will continue to do this in the future. Call Public Works at (920) 623-5908 with any questions or concerns.

October 20, 2020Hibbard blacktopping

Hibbard St is starting to look like a street! First layer of blacktop was put down this weekend on the north end. The street is still closed to thru traffic but we are one step closer to completion!!

October 16, 2020Truck for leaf pick up

Leaf Pick Up for Hibbard St:

For your convenience, DPW will have the pictured flatbed truck parked at the intersection of Hibbard & Selden St on Monday, October 19, at 3:00pm thru Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00am. It will be removed Tuesday morning at 7:00am to be emptied. We will park it at the intersection of Hibbard & W Prairie St at 3:00pm Tuesday, October 20, thru Wednesday, October 21, at 7:00am. You can place any leaves or grass clippings in the back end of this truck for us to remove. Grass clippings and leaves can also be taken to the Landscape Recycling Center during normal the normal business hours of M/W 1:00pm-6:00pm or Saturdays 8:00am-3:00pm. Please don't put anything other than grass clippings or leaves in the truck. Please call the Public Works department at 920-623-5908 if you have any questions or concerns.

October 9, 2020

10-9-201Good News Hibbard St Residents:

Curb and gutter has been poured on the south end of Hibbard St, along with sidewalk and some driveway approaches. Backfilling of dirt has begun as well in these areas, and if weather cooperates next week, hopefully we will see the first layer of blacktop on this end of Hibbard St. Until then, watering of the gravel will take place to help control the dust. Turner St is seeing storm sewer install this week and next. Things are moving along great!

October 6, 2020IMG_0898

Curbs are being poured this week on Hibbard Street and then they will move on to pouring the sidewalks. 

October 2, 2020

Leaf season is approaching and DPW is making plans to do special leaf pickups in your area. We will be posting these dates in the near future as the pouring of the curbs as the sidewalks will effect these pickups. We ask that any leaf piles that you create are not placed on any freshly poured concrete or behind the freshly poured curb. You may place the leaf piles in the gravel and DPW will take care of them. If you choose to bag your leaves we are willing to make an exception this year and pick those up for you due to construction in your area. We hope to have the pickup dates within the next week once the concrete schedule is out. If you have any questions feel free to call DPW at 920-623-5908. 

September 30, 2020

Hibbard and Turner St. Utility Improvements Notice to Residents:

WHAT:    Placement of new concrete, including curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveway aprons. Curb and gutter will be poured first followed by Sidewalk and then driveway aprons. Restoration will begin immediately following the placement and curing of new concrete.

WHEN:   Week of October 5th contractor will begin forming and pouring curb and gutter. Later that week and/or the following week the contractor will pour sidewalk and driveways. This schedule is weather dependent.

WHY:     As part of the road reconstruction project the concrete items are being replaced. Concrete requires time to properly cure and strengthen before it can withstand loading from vehicles or even construction activities.  Concrete achieves full strength after 28 days, however it typically gains most strength within the first seven days after placement.  Driving on concrete before it is properly cured can cause cracking or premature failure.  Therefore, the last week of the schedule is reserved for concrete curing time for each different pour.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Access to your driveway will not be allowed during this phase of the project when the concrete is curing for 7 days. The concrete subcontractor will start by pouring curb and gutter, then sidewalks and finally driveways. They will then start setting a string line and installing curb and gutter with a slip-form machine. Driveway aprons will be installed after the curb and gutter and sidewalk is in place. 

We understand the inconvenience this places on the residents but ask for understanding regarding the necessity of the project, and the realization that this interruption will be temporary.

The restoration process will take some time. You can expect to see weeds and settlement of soil in restored areas. These issues will be corrected and resolved over time.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

1.    It would be prudent for all residents to have vehicles or other items you may need in this period removed from your driveway prior to the start of construction (6:30 am). Once the concrete is poured you will not be able to get your vehicle in or out of your driveway until the concrete has achieved sufficient strength.

2.    Consider alternate parking locations beyond construction limits while the concrete is curing. Once the curb and gutter is poured there may be opportunity for nightly and weekend parking on the street in front of your property between 6:00 PM  and 6:30 AM the next day as long as the vehicle is removed prior to the start of construction the following day. Do not park tires on new curb.

3.    Do not access your driveway as long as you see flagging or ribbon across your drive. Replacement of damaged concrete from premature vehicle traffic will be at your expense.

4.    Please be patient and realize that this work will be completed as promptly as possible. While weather may impact the schedule, we expect to be able to maintain the original timeline.

Thank you very much for you continued co-operation, patience and understanding throughout this project.  

Please call the Columbus DPW at 920-623-5908 if you have any questions or concerns.


September 25, 2020

Good news! We are starting to build roads starting at the intersection of Hibbard and Maple, and working our way towards Dix St.

  • There are no expected outages within the next week. 
  • Reminder, anyone having issue with garbage/recycling pickup please contact Columbus DPW at 920-623-5908.

 To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.

September 17, 2020

Water Main is complete!

Although the weather put a damper on last weeks work, the crew was able to complete the water main connection in a timely manner. The crew will now start working on residential water connections and building the base for the street. 

  • Heads up, because of weather delays the construction crew will be working Saturdays periodically throughout the rest of the project to stay on schedule.
  • Reminder, anyone having issue with garbage/recycling pickup please contact Columbus DPW at 920-623-5908.

 To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.

September 2, 2020

Water Main is halfway complete!IMG_1196

The project is moving along nicely and both crews onsite are working diligently. The Sewer main has been installed, the water main is halfway complete, and storm sewer is scheduled to start soon!

  • Even with a few recent weather delays the project is still on schedule.
  • Reminder, anyone having issue with garbage/recycling pickup please contact Columbus DPW at 920-623-5908.

 To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.



August 27, 2020

Today we will have a brief street closure on Dix street while the crew makes a sanitary connection into Dix St. See detour route below.

  • Weather depending, the last of the new sanitary sewer main will be laid this week and the crew will begin laying the new water main.
  • As water main work is happening please keep an eye out for a blue door hanger on your front door. These notices will be placed by the construction crew the day they plan to temporarily turn off water to your home while they connect the new pipes.
  • If you have any questions/concerns regarding the project or today's street closure please contact Columbus DPW at 920-623-5908.

Dix st. Detour

 To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.

August 20, 2020

We are officially two weeks into the project and the construction crew has completed half of the sanitary sewer replacement!

  • We have received notice that we have had a few trash/recycling pickup issues since thHibbard St. at Fountain St.e project started and have asked Columbia County to pick up Hibbard St. residents first thing at  7 AM to ensure everyone's materials are collected before construction starts for the day. If you are still experiencing issues please call DPW at 920-623-5908 and we will work with Columbia County and the contractor to get the issues resolved.
  • Side street pavement damage. Thank you to those of you that have reported pavement damage on side streets to to heavy equipment use. The contractor is doing their best to keep to thoroughfares such as Dix and James St. but will sometimes need to use intersecting streets and are doing their best to notify us when there is damage done on the side streets.
  • Water connections. Reminder that as the construction crew is laying new water pipes there will be short interruptions to homes as they connect your supply line to the water main. Construction staff will be notifying residents when this work is planned to take place.
  • Safety, as always please keep your safety and the safety of the crew in mind as you navigate this project.

 To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns please contact us here.

August 14, 2020

Construction is Underway!

From now until the end of the project residents can find weekly updates here regarding the work being done on Hibbard St. Here is the latest:

  • All trees have been removed as planned.
  • Contractor is now fully mobilized on the project, a second construction crew started this week. 
  • About 1/3 of the new sanitary sewer is installed through the end of this week. 
  • Water main construction has started. 
  • The major work associated with Maple Ave and Hibbard Street intersection will begin on Monday 8/17
  • Contractor will continue working through the project north to south
    • Sanitary sewer installation will continue
    • Water installation is following behind the sanitary sewer installation
  • The City is continuing to work with the county and contractor to ensure garbage pick up
  • Reminder if you wish to take advantage of the private sewer lateral replacement from the RW to your home contact the City for more information. 
  • Please keep safety in mind throughout this project and keep at least 20 feet away from street intersections and construction equipment during work hours.

 To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns please contact us here.

July 24, 2020

Constructions Right Around The Corner

City staff met with the approved contractor to conduct the Pre construction meeting this week and receives some start dates. The contracted tree removal is scheduled to take place the week of August 3rd and the street construction is scheduled to start the week of August 10th. However, this schedule is subject to change with the weather. To find out more about this project visit the FAQ page here.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns please contact us here.

June 4, 2020

Project Update

If you have not heard the great news yet, the City of Columbus was awarded a $450,000 Transportation Grant for the Hibbard Street reconstruction project. However, due to unforeseen delays from the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the City of Columbus had to hold off on awarding the Hibbard Street project to the low bidder. Because the award was delayed, it also means a delay on getting on the contractors schedule. This means that the Hibbard Street Construction is slated to start sometime in August and wrap up towards the end of October. In the meantime, you may still see some work being completed by the utility companies, but as for now, we don’t expect any street work to begin until August.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns please contact us here.

March 24, 2020

Utility Work

You may have noticed different utility groups working on Hibbard Street. As discussed at the Public Information Meetings, these companies are moving their utilities in preparation for the project. These groups will only be doing work within the Right of Way and residents will be notified if any work needs to take place on their private property. This work will be intermittent from now until we break ground on the project.

You may also be wondering what will happen now in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in regards to this project. As you know, this outbreak has become a very fluid situation and we are learning new information every day. Based on Governor Evers “Safer At Home” Executive Order released today, a reconstruction project such as this falls under essential Infrastructure and will continue as planned. Below is Section 10 of the order that describes essential infrastructure. You can read the entire order here.

Safer At Home Executive Order

10. Essential Infrastructure. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to offer, provide, operate, maintain, and repair Essential Infrastructure.

Essential Infrastructure includes, but is not limited to: food production, distribution, fulfillment centers, storage facilities, marinas, and sales; construction (including, but not limited to, construction required in

response to this public health emergency, hospital construction, construction of long-term care and assisted living facilities, public works construction, school construction, Essential Business and Operations construction, construction necessary for Essential Governmental Functions, and housing construction, except that optional or aesthetic construction should be avoided); building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, gas, and electric (including power generation, distribution, production of raw materials, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-certified and registered drinking water and wastewater testing laboratories); Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program offices, customer service centers, and public intake centers; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services.


As always, if there are any questions or concerns please contact us here.

February 28, 2020

Private Sewer Lateral Replacement Program

The City Council has approved the private sewer lateral replacement program for Columbus Residents. The purpose of this program is to work towards reducing inflow and infiltration of clear waters into the sanitary sewer system from privately owned failing laterals or laterals that are in substandard condition. Read More.

Tree Removal

Residents will notice trees marked for removal in preparation of the reconstruction project this summer. With this work there will also be some limited tree trimming of private trees that are intruding on power lines and other utilities to create a clear, clean, and safe work environment. This work is scheduled to start in early March. As always, if there are any questions or concerns please contact us here.

February 21, 2020

NOTICE FOR PUBLIC HEARING FOR 2020 PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS 

FOR HIBBARD AND TURNER STREET & UTILITY IMPROVEMENT

The Report of the Engineer for the Preliminary Assessments for 2020 Hibbard and Turner Street & Utility Improvements has been filed in the office of the City Clerk as directed by Resolution 18-19 of the Common Council of the City of Columbus.  The report may be viewed in the office of the City Clerk, 105 N. Dickason Blvd., Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Notice is hereby given that the Common Council of the City of Columbus shall conduct a Public Hearing at the Columbus City Hall, 105 N. Dickason Blvd., Columbus, WI on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM regarding the Report of the Engineer and the preliminary assessments for properties within the following described assessment district all lying within the City of Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin; lots abutting both sides of Hibbard Street, from its intersection with Dix Street to its intersection with Maple Avenue.  All interested persons, or their agents, or attorneys may appear before the Council at that time and be heard concerning matters contained in Resolution 18-19 and the Report of the Engineer.  

February 7, 2020

The public hearing for Hibbard Street Special Assessments will be held on March 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers. Bid openings for this project will take place on February 19 and assessments will be sent out on February 20th. 

If you have recently had improvements to your driveway or other areas of your right of way that you feel should be considered in your assessment, please bring documentation of the completed work to the public hearing.