Shorewood OKs construction of new bike/pedestrian pathway
By Clare Walters Correspondent October 29, 2012 12:04PM
Updated: December 1, 2012 6:17AM
An unplanned, year-end $17,000 asphalt project is expected to assist residents traveling by foot or bike along U.S. Route 52 in Shorewood.
The village board recently approved a change order to its annual motor fuel tax resurfacing program to allow the completion of 1,300 feet of pedestrian pathway on the south side of Route 52 between Shorewood Glen and River Road.
In recent months, residents of nearby subdivisions have approached village officials asking if the existing pathway can be extended to allow pedestrian access to the intersection. Short of walking along the shoulder of the road, residents had no choice but to walk through tall grass and weeds to get to the intersection.
After concerns were raised during a September board meeting, village staff mowed a path through the undeveloped lot.
Mayor Rick Chapman said the request was worth considering because Shorewood Glen “pours a lot” into the community.
“I would think CVS and Walgreens would love this to be completed,” he said in September.
Chapman requested the board consider the change order, which was not a scheduled agenda item.
“I’m asking for this without proposal because of a time constraint,” he said. “If we miss this window we may not be able to get it this year.”
The pathway will be completed by D Construction, the winning bidder of the 2012 resurfacing project.
Director of Public Works Roger Barrowman said the company extended its unit pricing from that bid to complete the work.