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So far, construction in Maple district on budget, on time

An update on the progress of Maple School District construction projects was given Tuesday by Jeff Iisakka of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., the district's construction manager.

An update on the progress of Maple School District construction projects was given Tuesday by Jeff Iisakka of Kraus-Anderson Construction Co., the district's construction manager.

The three smaller projects are on budget at this point, he said, and closing in on completion. All additions and new construction are enclosed, roofs are watertight and the mechanical and electrical systems are roughed in.

But, said Iasakka, "we have a lot of work to complete in the next six weeks."

Site work has begun for the first phase of work at Northwestern High School. Topsoil has been stripped off land to the south of the current building and crews started ripping the roadway up Tuesday. This preparatory work, expected to last three months, will solve current drainage issues and set the stage for construction.

The top goal for the project at this point is to complete a new south parking lot for faculty and students by the time school starts on Sept. 4.

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Construction could begin as early as this fall, Iisaakson said, but a more realistic option calls for a spring start. The project would be complete in 2010, he said.

The sewer project has a green light to proceed and the project is being bid out.

"Within the next two weeks we will be starting that line," he said.

Until the two and a half month project is finished, temporary holding tanks will take the place of outdated ponds. It is estimated the tanks will have to be pumped out daily when school is in session.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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