By Tim Kowols
After the Department of Transportation told Ephraim officials they would have to make changes to its streetscape plan, the village is looking at other possible ways to handle its storm water concerns. The DOT told the Village Board last month it would have to install curbs on both sides of the road to help direct storm water on Highway 42. Ephraim officials had wanted curbs on only one side of the road from German Road south. Since residents rated storm water management in the south end of Ephraim high on their list of needs for the community, Village Administrator Brent Bristol says the board is discussing other options in case the streetscape project needs to b e scrapped.
The village is also being asked to reconsider its road lane width by the DOT, which according to federal standards need to be at least 12 feet wide for trucking routes instead of its current 11 feet.