Kilbourn Reservoir Park Project Update December 8, 2006

 

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Work is underway on the demolition of the internal structure of the Kilbourn Reservoir and renovation of the park with its familiar hill. The main contractor, Wanasek Corp., excavated the asphalt and concrete access trails along the north and west edges atop the reservoir and reused the materials to build a ramp for heavy equipment to access the east and north faces of the reservoir. The first week in December, Wanasek excavators began to cut into the north face to access the interior of the reservoir.

Another contractor began work in late November to move the gatehouse from the top of the reservoir to the parking area inside the fence on the southwest corner of the property.

Some sections of silt fencing along the public walkways outside of the construction limits and fence along East North Avenue and other areas around the site will be repaired or replaced.

Marek Landscaping is installing protection from construction damage for the trees along East Meinecke, North Bremen, and East North Avenue within the construction site.

Removal of certain non-historic trees and weedy overgrowth was completed in November.

Following demolition of the structure under the hill, the contractor will bring in soil and grade to re-form the hill. Landscaping and plantings will follow.

Existing asphalt path on the upper west edge of reservoir is being removed.
(Dec. 7, 2006)

Existing asphalt path on the upper west edge of reservoir is being removed.
(Dec. 7, 2006)

Materials from reservoir paths were used to create an access ramp for heavy equipment.
(Dec. 7, 2006)

The north face of the reservoir is being excavated.
(Dec. 7, 2006)

This update is another in a series of periodic communications we have been providing since May 2000, when the Water Works began planning for the future of the reservoir. The updates are available on the Milwaukee Water Works website at http://www.milwaukee.gov/water/about/SpecialProjects.htm.