BELOIT ȁ4; The City of Beloit Engineering Division is expected to release its comprehensive overview of planned road construction by the end of January.

The package will include about $3.23 million in street maintenance and capital improvement projects in 2017.

The city intends to complete 58 blocks of street work, with street maintenance set to cost nearly $1.43 million and the larger capital improvement projects costing just over $1.8 million.

Major projects include starting construction on the Milwaukee Road pedestrian safety improvement plan from Cranston Road to Branigan Road; adding a bike and pedestrian path to Cranston Road from Cranston to Huebbe Parkway; and a bridge project on Fourth Street over Lenigan Creek.

The department will tackle a second bridge project on Broad Street to make bridge deck repairs, according to the cityȁ9;s 2017 road plan.

Although each project is important to the city, City Engineer Mike Flesch said the pedestrian projects are particularly vital for improving safety standards around Beloit.

ȁc;We want people to get back and forth safely,ȁd; he said. ȁc;Some of our roads were designed years ago without pedestrian accessibility. We want to make that happen first. We want everyone to be safe.ȁd;

Engineering officials are also in the final design phase of the Beloit College Powerhouse projectȁ9;s river walk design.

The department is set to oversee HVAC work on the Beloit Police Department, and is working on plans for new roofs for City Hall on State Street and the cityȁ9;s operations building on Springbrook Court. Other planned miscellaneous projects in 2017 include overseeing construction at the Beloit Public Libraryȁ9;s Blender Cafe and repainting the water tower along Interstate 90.

Each year, the department compiles a five-year road plan to focus on work for the cityȁ9;s 186 linear miles of roads. Each project is brought before the Beloit City Council for final approval, even with all projects being approved as part of each fiscal yearȁ9;s capital improvement budget, Flesch said. The individual approval of each project is done to ensure engineering staff have enough funding from the overall approved total to complete a given project. After each winter, engineering staff meet with members of the cityȁ9;s operations department to determine problem areas along roads, Flesch said. A November report presented to the city showed ȁc;the streets (in the Beloit) area deteriorating faster than they are being repaired,ȁd; the report said, after referencing the cityȁ9;s average ranking of each individual streetȁ9;s quality.

All projects in the departmentȁ9;s plan were reviewed for priority, balance and budget feasibility within each yearȁ9;s allocated street maintenance funds, Flesch said.

ȁc;If one of our roads is in disrepair and not on our list, we will adjust our list,ȁd; he said.

Construction for the department starts in early June and lasts through November. Engineering staff then tackle project design work in the winter and spring.

ȁc;We will target our larger projects earlier in the season,ȁd; Flesch said.

When the construction overview is posted, the plan will be available on the cityȁ9;s website at beloitwi.gov.