Ransom Street reconstruction begins at long last Monday

A major upgrade is scheduled to begin Monday on Ripon’s crumbling Ransom Street.

It’s finally happening.

A major facelift — perhaps 14 years in the making — is scheduled to start Monday on Ripon’s crumbling Ransom Street.

This project has been on the city’s radar screen for quite some time, but other projects took priority, City Engineer Travis Drake explained.

“I’ve been here 14 years, and the first year I was here, I looked at [Ransom Street] and said, ‘Boy, this street needs some work,’ but there were several that needed work at that time,” Drake said.

The time has come. But the upgrade won’t happen without a little sacrifice by those who stand to benefit the most — residents along the street.

That’s because construction is expected to last the rest of spring and summer.

“The [roadwork] contractor did an estimate of 120 working days,” Drake said.

That would put completion at the end of September.

“Oftentimes, it goes much faster than that,” he said. “... It’s still going to be a good, solid four or five months.”

“It’s very similar to what we did last year on Newbury [Street],” he added.

Read the full story in the April 14, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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