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City of Port Washington, Wisconsin

City of Port Washington Engineering Department

2020 Street Improvements

The City of Port Washington is in the process of improving the following streets in 2020:

Jefferson Street Holden Street Wisconsin Street
Webster Street Walters Street Whitefish Road
Benjamin Street Walters Street Whitefish Road
Stanford Street Jefferson Street Whitefish Road

The project included sanitary sewer lining, storm sewer improvements, water main re-lays, reconstructing the existing roadway, and spot replacement of existing sidewalk. PTS Contractors (Green Bay) is the prime contractor for this work which began April 20th and is scheduled to be completed by September 4. The contractor is currently completing sidewalk replacement, and landscape restoration. Paving is scheduled for the week of August 31. Streets remain closed to through-traffic during construction. The on-site project representative is Patrick Velyov, who can be reached at 262-672-0471 or at patrick.velyov@raSmith.com. For additional up to date information on the street construction project, please use the following link: https://www.rasmith.com/construction-status/2020-port-wash-street-program/.

North Breakwater Walkway Improvements

Beginning the week of August 24, Michels Foundations will begin working on improvements to the North Breakwater Walkway. The western half of the breakwater will remain open to the public, however, the eastern half of the breakwater will be under construction and closed to the public. There will be no access to the lighthouse at this time. Work is anticipated to be completed by October 31, weather permitting. Contractor staging will occur in Coal Dock Park, and the promenade will be closed during unloading and loading of the barge. If you have any questions, please contract City Engineer Rob Vanden Noven at 268-4267 or rvandennoven@cpwwi.org.

Emerald Ash Borer Update

If you have an Ash tree along the street in front of your home, it is being treated by the City Forestry Department to maintain its resistance to infestation by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). All City Ash trees lining the streets and in the parks have been treated or removed. If you have an Ash tree on your own property, you are responsible for treatment or its removal. If you are not already treating your Ash tree, it is very important that you have it removed as soon as possible by a qualified arborist. Infested trees are an extreme hazard to your home and those living there. Please see https://p.widencdn.net/rrokxh/Emerald-ash-borer--the-dangers-and-costs-of-infested-trees for more information.

Storm Water Management


If you look in the street outside of your home or office and search the parking lots around town, you will probably find storm sewer inlets. Did you ever wonder where they go? A common misconception about storm sewers is that they go to a wastewater treatment plant. This is not the case. Storm sewers transport storm water (rain and melting snow) into our creeks which flow directly into Lake Michigan without treatment. Storm water often contains materials found on streets and parking lots such as oil, antifreeze, gasoline, soil, litter, pet wastes, fertilizers, pesticides, leaves and grass clippings. When these materials enter lakes and streams, they become pollutants that disrupt the ecosystem, harm or kill the aquatic life, and close beaches.

What can you do to help???????

  • Do not use the storm sewer inlets for disposing of motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, paints, solvents, garbage, cigarette butts, pet waste, etc.
  • Repair leaks from your car's transmission or radiator. Soak up spills with cat litter or other absorbent material and put in your trash bag for disposal.
  • When washing your car, use a biodegradable soap or take your vehicle to a commercial car wash or wash it on the grass or a gravel area to prevent phosphates from the soap draining into the storm sewer.
  • Sweep (do not wash) fertilizer, soil, leaves, grass clippings, etc., off driveways and sidewalks. Any debris left on the pavement is quickly washed into the storm sewer during the next rainfall.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, deep rooted grasses and flowers, and ground cover. These plants soak up storm water, reducing pollutant-carrying storm water run-off.

If everyone does their part, we can make a world of difference!!

*Source - UW Extension publication GWQ004; Storm Sewers - The Rivers Beneath our Feet


City of Port Washington, Wisconsin Department of Public Works Contact Us

Engineering Department
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074

Director of Public Works/City Engineer
Rob Vanden Noven

Administrative Assistant
Judy Klumb
100 W. Grand Avenue
P.O. Box 307
Port Washington, WI 53074

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