A Winneconne contractor was ordered to pay a $20,000 forfeiture because he didn’t remove construction material from the Kickapoo River after reconstructing a bridge in Richland County.
Thomas Radtke, the president of Radtke Contractors Inc., did the work on State Highway 56 during the summer and fall of 2008, according to the complaint issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The contract with the Department of Transportation required any construction material that fell into the river be promptly removed. State law also bans the placement of materials on the bed of a navigable water way without a permit.
The material caused an undue hazard to the users of the river, a popular canoe route, according to the complaint.
— Marie Rohde