Foxconn infrastructure projects set to begin in January

Foxconn site plan with overlay of Prairview Drive.

A $7 million plan to construct two water main projects in Mount Pleasant is slated to begin in January to support the Foxconn project, according to a press release by the Racine Water and Wastewater Utilities.

Located in Mount Pleasant, the two utility projects include constructing a water main along the East Frontage Road of Interstate 94 between Highway 20 and Highway 11, and along Highway H from the Renaissance water tower south to Highway KR. The work is expected to begin in January.

The infrastructure projects will set the stage for Foxconn Technology Group to build a 20 million-square-foot manufacturing campus to make LCD screens. Expected to generate 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent positions, the $10 billion project is the largest economic investment in the state and one of the largest in U.S. history. Over 200 parcels of land are being acquired for the project.

The water main project on Highway H will bring water to the concrete batch plant for the Foxconn construction project and for the Foxconn facility.

“The Racine Water Utility has been hard at work to quickly and efficiently design and plan for the installation of two new water mains,” said Keith Haas, general manager of the City of Racine Water Utility. “The construction of these new mains is critical to the Foxconn project being able to move forward.”

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The Racine Water and Wastewater Utilities have a water and sewer agreement with Mount Pleasant. A series of resolutions passed by the Racine Waterworks Commission in August included spending millions to extend water service to Mount Pleasant and expand the Racine Wastewater Utility in anticipation of the growth expected along the Interstate 94 corridor.

The estimated cost of the extension and expansion: $20 to $100 million for the water mains and $60 million for the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade. The costs are being paid for through a blend of tax incremental financing dollars, impact fees, front foot charges and water rates. In addition, the Racine Wastewater Utility has been asked to begin facilities planning studying the future growth in the surrounding villages from a sewer use standpoint, which will cost $150,000.

The Racine Water Works Commission on Wednesday recommended that Pleasant Prairie-based D.K. Contractors  Inc. complete the Frontage Road project and Green Bay-based Advance Construction Inc. do the work on Highway H. Both projects will begin in January and be completed by April.

D.K. Contractors was the lowest bidder on the East Frontage Road project at just under $2 million. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is also doing reconstruction work on Frontage Road and is expected to reopen the road in the summer.

Advance Construction was the lower bidder on the Highway H project at about $5.3 million.

Afte those projects are completed, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is expected to start its road improvement project on Highway 20 and Highway H.

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