Contractor Tabbed To Build Bridge To Beaver Dam’s Edgewater Park

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council has hired a Wisconsin contractor to complete work on an elevated trial project on the north side of Beaver Dam. Janke General Contractors was selected out of six other bids to build a bridge that will connect a local park to a neighboring roadway. City Director of Facilities Ritchie Piltz says the elevated boardwalk will connect the north end of Starkweather Drive and Edgewater Park. The reason behind the work is due to wetlands in between both points that cannot be disturbed. Piltz says once completed, the bridge can be used by walkers, bicyclists, cross country skiers in the winter and fisherman. He says the bridge will be built wide enough to accommodate small park equipment such as mower tractors but adds that vehicles will not be able to cross. The total project bid was just under $199-thousand dollars. Other project costs include permitting and soil testing fees as well as professional engineering fees. The project was budgeted for in 2019. There were three dissenting votes at this week’s city council meeting with opponents calling it a bridge to nowhere while supporters say it will be the only way to access the park without leaving city limits.