|Story & Photo By Tom Michele, Eagle Systems &
Fort McCoy’s Mob Alley is getting new asphalt.
Preparation work to resurface West 12th Avenue, also known as Mob Alley
at Fort McCoy, began in late April and will continue to its estimated
time of completion in June, depending on weather.
A front end loader pours chunks
of asphalt into a dump truck on West 12th Avenue north of West J
Street. The work was done to prepare the area for a resurfacing
project, which is scheduled to be completed in June, depending
on weather. Mathy Construction of Onalaska is doing the project.
The project will renovate 5,260 feet, almost a mile, of West 12th
Avenue from West N Street to West E Street.
Vehicle traffic is being detoured to West 13th Avenue.
Pat Thorstad, Directorate of Public Works project manager in charge of
the resurfacing project, said preparation work to remove existing
asphalt and some of the base has begun immediately north of West J
Street and continues to south of West N Street.
Prep work then starts south of West J Street and continues south to
north of West G Street. The only east-west intersection that will remain
open to traffic will be on West J Street. Then the West J Street
intersection will be prepped, followed by new asphalt paving.
Thorstad said there will be an increase of vehicle traffic on West 13th
Avenue that is used in the 6 a.m. time period by mobilizing Soldiers
doing their physical training run.
The barracks, dining facilities and some of the Soldier Readiness Center
offices used by Mob-Demob Soldiers are in this area.
Thorstad said PT will continue, and without the barricades previously
used. She also said Mobilization Support Battalion Command Sgt. Maj.
Jeffrey Uhlig will alert mob Soldiers of the increased traffic on West
Mathy Construction, of Onalaska, is doing the work. Mathy has performed
other paving projects at McCoy.
Flashing signs announcing a 20-mile-per-hour speed limit have been
erected along the section of West 13th Avenue that parallels West 12th.