The Village of Plum City retained Ayres to design the downtown reconstruction of Main Street through the community. Cracks on the top surface of the 64-year-old clay sewer lines through the downtown district allowed substantial inflow and infiltration into the Village’s sewer system. Main Street was not served by a stormwater management system, and some businesses were flooded during heavy rains. Sidewalks needed repair and in some areas were as much as 2 feet above the road surface.
Ayres secured and helped administer a $181,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $1,436,446 Clean Water Fund low-interest loan for the Village’s project.
Design and construction engineering services included sanitary sewer, storm sewer, enhancements, lighting, and sidewalk and roadway. Decorative lighting and stamped and colored concrete were used to enhance the park surrounding the community’s historic trout pond. Challenges included maintaining access to the busy downtown area, reacting to unknown conditions underground, accommodating high groundwater, and protecting the spring-fed trout pond and overflow.