7/20/17 – Cooper Street in Beaver Dam is expected to be reopened to traffic Friday. That’s according to City Utility Director Rob Minnema who tells us the contractor poured the final sections of curb and sidewalk yesterday. The $500-thousand-dollar project involves the replacement of the Cooper Street culverts. The old culverts were responsible for backing up the flow of the Beaver Dam River which, during times of heavy rain, resulted in upstream flooding. The project began late last year and the road was initially supposed to be open in February but there have been several weather-related delays, change orders and cost overruns. A large fish kill on the Beaver Dam River last month is believed to be related to regulation of the dam so that concrete could be poured downstream at Cooper Street. However, river flow and the status of the dam had no bearing on the final concrete sections that were poured yesterday. Minnema says water flow went back to normal on July 12, when the contractor completed the final section of work in the river. Grant funding covered $425-thousand of the half-million-dollar project but the city paid for the $112-thousand-dollar cost overrun with the money from the Storm Water Utility. The lake level is currently at 88.4 with 76-cfs flow in the river.