Last Updated: 05/12/2017


E. Gorham St

Starting on Monday, May 15th, the contractor will begin resurfacing Gorham Street from North Butler Street to State Street.


Gorham Street will be reduced to one lane from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th in order to prepare the street for asphalt resurfacing.


On Saturday, May 20th, Gorham Street will be closed completely and detoured at North Blair Street starting at 7:00 a.m. The full closure is needed to complete the asphalt paving. The street is expected to reopen around 3:00 p.m.


Intersection cross traffic will be maintained when possible, but there will be extended periods when cross traffic will not be possible, especially during paving as traffic cannot drive on the new asphalt until it has properly cooled. Driveway access will be maintained except for short periods of time until the new asphalt has properly cooled.


If unexpected rain delays paving, Gorham Street will be closed starting at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 21st or possibly 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22nd for paving operations.

Who to Contact

Questions & Concerns About Resurfacing? Contact City Engineering Resurfacing Program: (608) 266-4914.
Billing Questions? Contact the Finance Department at (608)266-4008.

The contractors selected for the project are Raymond P. Cattell and Payne & Dolan. Cattell will be replacing the curb and gutter and adjusting castings. Payne & Dolan will perform the pulverizing, milling and paving.

The Program

The Annual Street Resurfacing Program is designed to improve the quality of your street and delay the need for total reconstruction.

The City Engineering Division rates streets and curb & gutter every two years. Streets with a pavement rating of 5 or less on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being a new street) and a curb & gutter rating of 6 or greater are ideal candidates. Streets and curb & gutter with lower ratings require extensive replacement. They are patched until they are candidates for reconstruction.

Replacement Criteria

Defective curb & gutter is replaced if there is:

  • Vertical or horizontal offset
  • Ponding water
  • Curb head missing
  • Tipped curb
  • Pitted concrete

Criteria for Replacement of Public Sidewalk and Curb & Gutter is outlined in the administrative procedure.

The goal of resurfacing and preventative maintenance is to extend the life of the street 30 years or more before a full reconstruction project is necessary. 

Questions or Disagreement About Your Estimate or Marked Sections

Please contact the Engineering Division at (608)266-4914. You may make arrangements to have the marks and estimate reviewed by the resurfacing inspector. 

What Will Be Replaced

You will receive a packet of information in the mail from City Engineering. In the packet, an estimate is included of the curb & gutter, driveway and sidewalk in front of your property, which was inspected last fall and determined to be in need of replacement. White paint marks were placed on the curb & gutter sections intended for replacement. If curb & gutter is marked for replacement in front of a driveway, then it may be necessary to replace a portion or all of the driveway apron. This may be reflected on your estimate.

Billing of Work

You will receive a "Special Assessment" in the mail after work is complete. This bill is not part of your annual property tax assessment. You may pay the bill in full before October 31 in the year the billing is made without accruing interest. Or, you may use the City's five-year installment plan. For more information about special assessments and payment options, including deferrals, contact the Finance Department, (608)  266-4008.

Objects in the Right of Way

If you have objects such as invisible fence, plantings, sprinkler system or pavers within 12 inches of the curb & gutter without a permit, the objects may be subject to removal and/or repair at the property owner's expense. Removing them or marking these objects may reduce the risk of damage.

Restoration of Disturbed Areas

Restoration begins as soon as possible after new curb & gutter, driveway apron and sidewalk have been poured. Contractors are required to use high quality topsoil and seed. You can assist with the restoration by watering the ground lightly every day until grass has been mowed once or twice. Then water more heavily and less frequently. 

Contractors Work Hours

Normal hours are 7am to 7pm, Monday- Friday with occasional work on Saturday. Barricades and "No Parking" signs with approximate start/end dates will be placed 48 hours in advance of construction. Your cooperation and compliance with the No Parking restrictions will speed up work and may save you a ticket and towing costs.