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WisDOT Announces $75 million Multimodal Local Supplement Grant

WisDOT Announces $75 million Multimodal Local Supplement Grant

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has announced a new $75 million Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) grant. Learn how this one-time, reimbursement grant opportunity can help your community cover up to 90% of your transportation project costs.

Benefits of Roundabouts

Benefits of Roundabouts

In the right situation, roundabouts can have major advantages over a traditional stop sign or signal-controlled intersection. Keep reading to learn how the use of roundabouts can result in an increase in driver safety, a more efficient traffic flow, a more aesthetically pleasing intersection, lower construction and maintenance costs, and a positive environmental impact.

Preparing for the 2020 Democratic National Convention: Our Best Tips

Preparing for the 2020 Democratic National Convention: Our Best Tips

In July of 2020, roughly 50,000 people will flood Milwaukee and its surrounding communities for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Whether your municipality is adjacent to the City of Milwaukee or 60 miles away, the DNC will likely have an impact on your residents and businesses. In order to make the most out of this opportunity, preparation for an event of this scale needs to start now. Here are our best tips to help your community thrive during the DNC.

6 Benefits of Drone Use for Municipal Projects

6 Benefits of Drone Use for Municipal Projects

The rise in popularity of drones has opened the door to a variety of new opportunities for municipalities. Keep reading for 6 ways that drone use can add value to your construction projects and save your team time and money.

Village of Hartland: Pavement Management Plan Leads to Better Roads & Savings

Village of Hartland: Pavement Management Plan Leads to Better Roads & Savings

Many municipalities face the problems of declining roadway infrastructure and limited funds to pay for repairs. Adhering to a set road maintenance plan can help your municipality save time, money, and dramatically extend the life of your roads. Keep reading to learn how the Village of Hartland found success by adopting a new pavement management model.

Cutting Cost and Improving Safety with Pre-Wetting Road Salt and Salt Brine

Cutting Cost and Improving Safety with Pre-Wetting Road Salt and Salt Brine

Snow plowing and applying road salt was the accepted norm from the mid-20th century until just a decade or so ago. More communities are now using new technologies and methods that are ultimately cheaper, better for the environment, and most importantly provide the level of safety the public expects during winter storm events. 

Benefits of Winter Surveying

Benefits of Winter Surveying

Winter is generally an off-season for construction projects, but just because things slow down doesn’t mean that progress has to stop. Keep reading for 4 reasons why updating your GIS maps in the winter will benefit your community all year long and keep your municipal projects moving forward during the colder months.

Village of Mukwonago Business Park

Village of Mukwonago Business Park

The Village of Mukwonago recently committed to building a new 115-acre business park in its thriving community. The key to the development of the business park was a clear understanding of its community-wide infrastructure systems and how that expanded infrastructure would fit within the community’s infrastructure puzzle.

Business Park Preparedness: Planning the Infrastructure Puzzle One Piece at a Time

Business Park Preparedness: Planning the Infrastructure Puzzle One Piece at a Time

A primary positioning strategy is to proactively plan for, and develop, land into business parks that are shovel-ready for prospective buyers. There are many aspects involved to plan for, design, fund, and construct a new business park. These activities may be led by the municipality directly or may involve a public/private partnership approach with a developer.

City of Sheboygan: LED Lighting System for SouthPointe Enterprise Campus

City of Sheboygan: LED Lighting System for SouthPointe Enterprise Campus

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) provided the City of Sheboygan with electrical engineering services to layout and design an LED lighting system to serve their new SouthPointe Enterprise Campus. By going with an LED-based lighting system, the City will benefit through reduced energy consumption, lower maintenance, and longer-lasting fixtures.

5 Reasons Your Community Should Upgrade to LED Street Lighting

5 Reasons Your Community Should Upgrade to LED Street Lighting

As communities continue to look towards more sustainable infrastructure options, updating lighting systems is often a great place to start. Implementing an LED lighting system can mean not only a lower utility bill, but also a lower impact on the environment for your community. 

City of Pewaukee Pavement Preservation

City of Pewaukee Pavement Preservation

Many municipalities face the problems of declining roadway infrastructure and limited funds to pay for repairs. Undertaking proper pavement maintenance at the appropriate time produces overall savings to the community. With limited funding for its road repair program, the City of Pewaukee used an innovative approach to resolve their roadway problems.

Pavement Preservation

Pavement Preservation

Most people think of pavement preservation as items that are directly related to maintenance and repairs to the pavement surface such as crack sealing, base patching, or slurry and chip seals. But anything that is attached or adjacent to the pavement surface is a candidate for pavement preservation.

Do Salt Brine and Pre-Wetting Road Salt Really Work?

Do Salt Brine and Pre-Wetting Road Salt Really Work?

Snow plowing and applying road salt was the accepted norm from the mid-20th century until just a decade or so ago.  More communities are now using new technologies and methods that are ultimately cheaper, better for the environment, and most importantly provide the level of safety the public expects during winter storm events. 

Road Salt Workshops...Coming Soon!

Road Salt Workshops...Coming Soon!

It may be sunny and 80 degrees outside, but it’s the perfect time to think about snow and ice.  Many training sessions will be held this fall addressing road salt and other winter road management activities. 

Porous Asphalt Pavements: City of New Berlin

Porous Asphalt Pavements: City of New Berlin

The City of New Berlin was faced with a difficult design challenge for a 7-block section of alley in the Buena Park neighborhood. The City wanted to take advantage of a Green Solutions grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). The solution was a porous asphalt pavement to provide storm water storage, filtration, and conveyance.

Porous Asphalt Pavements

Porous Asphalt Pavements

As municipal governments continue to move towards green infrastructure, innovative uses of existing materials become increasingly important. Additionally, the need to effectively move and treat storm water runoff becomes increasingly important.  Local municipalities are recognizing the importance of these two items. 

Full Depth Pavement Reclamation

Full Depth Pavement Reclamation

In recent years, many states and local municipalities have made enormous strides in reducing carbon emissions and increasing the overall sustainability of their operations and infrastructure projects. Many sustainable construction methods, which often go unnoticed, are gaining popularity due to their lower cost and big environmental benefits.

Town of Waukesha Pavement Management

Town of Waukesha Pavement Management

Keeping up to date with municipal road ratings and pavement management requires both organization and experience. The Town of Waukesha has utilized the services of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M) for their pavement management needs, recognizing R/M's tested approach to providing quality pavement management programs to communities in Wisconsin and Illinois.