The Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded Hoffman Construction a contract to complete a 6½-mile stretch of road that will be in front of the new Foxconn manufacturing facility in Racine County.

The $12.7 million contract is to reconstruct a north-south frontage road along Interstate 94 south of Hwy. 11 in front of the future Foxconn manufacturing facility to accommodate the I-94 widening project.

Foxconn is investing $10 billion for a 13,000-employee complex that will be built in Mount Pleasant in Racine County. The Taiwan-based company plans to make advanced liquid-crystal display panels for commercial and consumer uses, including televisions.

The project will consist of 240,000 cubic yards of excavation, 240,000 tons of aggregate base and more than 50,000 tons of asphalt.

The original contract completion date was Nov. 18, but due to the upcoming Foxconn manufacturing facility located adjacent to the project, the completion date was changed to June 1.

“We have a plan” Brian Aebly, vice president of operations at Hoffman Construction, said. “What would normally be a 1-year job, the DOT decided to accelerate it as part of the public works to facilitate Foxconn. Our equipment, our people and subcontractors are ready to accept the challenge.”

A combination of off-road trucks and on-road dump trucks will recycle crush existing pavement to meet the schedule.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday with clearing and grubbing, traffic control and erosion control.

“Coordination with all the utility relocation in progress will be another challenge in addition to the schedule,” said James Hoffman, President of Hoffman Construction.

Hoffman Construction is excited to contribute to the state’s largest construction project — the public and private work for the Foxconn manufacturing facility.

“Foxconn coming to Wisconsin resembles when Henry Ford picked Detroit for the first automotive manufacturing facility. We look forward in utilizing Hoffman Construction’s fleet of scrapers, dozers and haul trucks and especially our biggest asset, our people, to build the projects,” said Hoffman.

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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