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Construction begins on stretch of McKee Road in Fitchburg

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FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Construction began Monday on a 1.5-mile stretch of McKee Road between Seminole Highway and Fish Hatchery Road.

The project, expected to last until late October, will cost roughly $2.6-million dollars.

Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff said his city and Dane County are splitting the cost in half because, while McKee Road is part of County Highway PD, Fitchburg will take over the stretch currently under construction come 2020.

Pfaff said the renovations are the result of constituents calling to complain that the road was very bumpy during the winter months.

"If we back up six months ago, people were calling left and right asking 'when are you going to fix this road?'" Pfaff said. "The road was like a washboard in the winter time. It was very bumpy."

Construction crews will be digging six inches into the ground to resurface the roadway. Pfaff said the hope is the new road will be able to better resist the freezing and thawing precipitation of winter. He said that's what caused McKee Road to deteriorate in the first place.

Pfaff also said he hopes the repairs will stabilize the road for the next 20-25 years.

"You only want to do this once in a generation," he said. "When we fix it, we want to fix it right."

In the meantime, Pfaff said the city is hoping commuters who regularly use McKee Road will be patient. He also said he hopes locals will continue to visit the businesses located within the construction zone.

"These businesses still have to exist during this difficult time," Pfaff said.

Consensus among drivers on McKee Road Monday was the repairs will be a positive change.

Drivers who regularly commute on McKee Road described the winter months as "horrible", "really bad" and "awful."

"I can't imagine (the city) not fixing it," said one driver, "and having to go through all that bumping again."

"Construction is never easy," said Jennifer Mead, who drives McKee road each day en-route to picking up her kids from school. "But in this case it's necessary. So we'll deal with it."
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