Wisconn Valley News - March 30, 2018

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Project Status


Foxconn announced it had selected M+W|Gilbane as the construction project management team for the $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant. Construction is expected to support 10,000 direct construction jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs annually during the construction phase.  

The Public Infrastructure Construction Workforce Engagement Advisory Committee held its first meeting on March 23.  Created by local governments in Southeastern Wisconsin, the committee will advise on efforts to ensure equal opportunity and inclusion in procurement, contracting, and workforce for Foxconn-related public infrastructure construction.  As part of its role, the Advisory Committee will assist in developing strategies regarding outreach, communications, and public-private partnerships to increase diversity and inclusion.

The Eastern Racine County Transportation Task Force met for the first time last week as it begins work to solve two major challenges: reducing travel times from I-94 to Downtown Racine, and moving workers to jobs. The Task Force got off to a great start, with good conversation among a cross-section of Eastern Racine County community leaders, advocates, and residents.  

The locations, dates and times of the 12 General Information Sessions for Contractors were announced this week. Locations include: Locations include: Black River Falls - Wisconsin Tribal Nations, Eau Claire, Janesville, Kimberly, La Crosse, Madison, Pewaukee, Platteville, Rhinelander, Sturtevant, Superior, and Wausau.  Click the button for details on information sessions.

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More than 50 vendors were on hand at Thursday's Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair in Racine offering services to individuals seeking information to launch a career in construction. Workshops at the event helped individuals understand next steps to begin a career in the field, as well as what it takes to become entrepreneurs in the construction industry. 


Road Updates

Work is now underway along WIS 20 from just west of I-94 over to County H. The resurfacing project will improve the ride of the roadway in addition to adding some spot traffic control and safety features. The project will require lane closures to accomplish the work which will lead to potential delays being seen in the area. The work will be completed this May. Work is also underway with the construction of a round-a-bout at the intersection of Highway C and WIS 20. This project will be completed by this Fall.

Utility work has been completed on County H. The roadway between Braun Road and County KR is now open to traffic. The roadway has been closed to traffic for the previous three weeks.

The work to reconstruct the east and west frontage roads has been ramping up. As work continues, mobile crushing equipment will be used to recycle and reuse materials from the project. This will help to eliminate waste and lower the cost of the project by re-tasking certain materials gathered during the demolition phase of the project. There will be some potential noise and dust connected to this work.

The southbound lanes on I-94 from County G in Racine to WIS 142 in Kenosha County have been shifted to create a new work zone. The mainline prep project will continue into May when the effort to fully reconstruct the Interstate in this area is expected to get underway. Motorists are being reminded to treat the merge as a zipper merge and to go all the way to the merge point then take turns when heavy traffic is being experienced. When traffic is moving at higher speeds it is suggested to merge when an opening is apparent and safe. 

Contract Awarded for County H and County A Work

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has awarded a roughly $6 million contract to Payne and Dolan, Inc. to rehabilitate portions of County A in Kenosha County and County H in parts of Racine and Kenosha County. The work along Kenosha County A will run from I-94 east to County H. The work on County H will take place between County H in Kenosha on the south end of the project up to WIS 20 in Racine County. The project will have a tight timeframe with work on the project to be completed in early May on County H and by June 1 for County A work.

Once completed the roadways will support diverted traffic which is expected with the reconstruction of I-94 mainline. The roads will also support the transportation needs of both workers and materials needing access into the Foxconn development.

WisDOT Road Construction Bidding Opportunities

  • I-94 Southern Package (WIS 142 to WIS 20)

When: Estimated LET Spring 2018

What: 6.5-mile freeway reconstruction and expansion project, includes reconstructing interchanges at County E, County KR and WIS 11. Work includes drainage, grading, paving, traffic signals and structures.

Construction timeline: June 2018 to November 2019 (Subject to INFRA Grant)

  • I-94 Central Package (WIS 20 to County G)

When: Estimated LET Spring 2018

What: 4.5-mile freeway reconstruction and expansion project, includes reconstructing the interchange at County K.  Work includes drainage, grading, paving, traffic signals and structures.

Construction timeline: June 2018 to November 2019 (Subject to INFRA Grant)

WisDOT Bid Info >


What's Next

The project continues to move forward with an anticipated earth-moving target of Spring 2018. To achieve this timeline, the process to become involved in the project was recently announced. Here are five important steps for construction-related businesses to take to become involved:

Step 1: Register on the Website – REQUIRED

Contractors seeking opportunities to participate in this project must register with M+W|Gilbane to receive automatic bid alerts and notifications on upcoming pre-bid and matchmaking sessions.  A link to the registration website can be found on the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park page.

Step 2: Attend Informational Session – OPTIONAL

Valuable information will be shared at the information sessions for construction contractors held throughout the state. Attendees will receive information regarding the process for submitting bid proposals, standard terms and conditions related to the project, basic construction information, and a preliminary construction schedule will be discussed.  

  • Tuesday, April 3: Fountain Hall, 8505 Durand Avenue, Sturtevant. Co-hosted by the Racine County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Wednesday, April 4:  University of Wisconsin-Platteville - Harry & Laura Nohr Gallery, 1 University Plaza. Co-hosted by Prosperity Southwest.
  • Friday, April 6: Liberty Hall Banquet and Conference Center, 800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly. Co-hosted by The New North.
  • Monday, April 9: Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright St. (Room D1630A/C), Madison. Co-hosted by the Madison Region Economic Partnership.
  • Monday, April 9: Blackhawk Technical College (Room 1400 A/B), 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville. Co-hosted by the Madison Region Economic Partnership.
  • Thursday, April 12:  Superior Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St., Superior. Co-hosted by Visions Northwest.
  • Friday, April 13: Nicolet College – Lakeside Center Theater, 5364 College Drive, Rhinelander. Co-hosted by Grow North. 
  • Monday, April 16: Chippewa Valley Technical College – Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road, Eau Claire. Co-hosted by Momentum West.
  • Monday, April 16: Entrepreneurial Enterprise Center, 100 N. 72nd Ave., Wausau.
  • Tuesday, April 17: La Crosse Area Chamber Foundation, 601 7th St. N, La Crosse. Co-hosted by 7 Rivers Alliance.
  • Tuesday, April 17: District Community Center, N7261 Warrior Ave., Black River Falls. Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Tribal Nations.
  • Thursday, April 19: Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St., Pewaukee. Co-hosted by Milwaukee 7.

Full information session details and registration links can be found here

Step 3: Sign-up for Regular Project Updates – If you received this newsletter directly, you've already completed this step!
Information regarding project status, road updates, next steps, interesting facts, recent announcements and special bulletins will be distributed through Wisconn Valley News.  Sign up at wisconnvalley.wi.gov/newsletter to stay informed.

Step 4: Attend Pre-Bid/Matchmaking Sessions – OPTIONAL
Pre-bid/matchmaking session will outline a clear and detailed process for good faith efforts to place "Wisconsin First" while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses. Companies that register with M+W|Gilbane will receive notifications on upcoming pre-bid/matchmaking sessions. 

Step 5: Follow the process

In order to ensure a fair and open process, everyone is asked to follow the process noted here.  Please do not contact the construction project management team directly.  All contact should be done electronically through the process outlined.

Interesting Facts

  • Foxconn is being held to the same rigorous standards for water, wastewater and air permits as every other industrial user in the state.
  • The potential-to-emit air emissions figures required of Foxconn are approximately 0.07% of the nitrogen oxide and 0.1% of the volatile organic compounds emitted within the 3-state Chicago metro area (based on 2014 emissions data).

Recent Announcements

Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair Draws Participants From Across Region

RACINE – Community organizations, workforce partners and vendors provided approximately 300 individuals attending today's Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair with more information about how they can launch good-paying careers in Southeast Wisconsin's growing construction industry.

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Upcoming informational sessions to give Wisconsin companies details on how to bid for work during Foxconn construction 

Representatives from construction management firm and WEDC to provide updates on opportunities available to construction-related business statewide

MADISON, WI. March 27, 2018 - Construction-related businesses looking for details on how to become vendors, subcontractors, suppliers or professional service providers during the construction phase of the Foxconn project in Racine County are invited to attend one of 12 informational sessions scheduled throughout the state in April.

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Governor Walker Announces Process for Wisconsin Companies to Bid on Work Related to Foxconn Construction

State's Wisconn Valley website now includes details on how to connect potential subcontractors, vendors, suppliers to Construction Manager

MADISON - Wisconsin companies seeking to provide goods and services during the construction of the Foxconn Technology Group's $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Racine County can now take the first step in the procurement process by visiting wisconnvalley.wi.gov.

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From the News

"Such great promise:" Long line at Foxconn booth during Wisconn Valley Construction Resource Fair

March 29, 2018

By Beverly Taylor, Fox6

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Analysis: Foxconn plant could add $51B to Wisconsin economy

Mar 23, 2018

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — A new analysis from a Wisconsin business group says Foxconn Technology Group's manufacturing plant would add about $51 billion to the state's gross domestic product over the 15 years the state pays the company incentives.

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The Wisconn Valley News is published every other week and designed to keep interested individuals up to date on Foxconn construction plans, infrastructure improvements, traffic pattern updates, and more.  Local elected officials, suppliers, contractors and members of the public are encouraged to turn to the Wisconn Valley News for the latest project status, road updates, next steps, and interesting facts.  When appropriate, special bulletins will also be distributed to ensure the most timely information possible.