The way traffic is routed through the intersection of Madison Avenue & Maple Street will revert to the way it was before the Michigan Street bridge re-opened as a result of action taken by the Sturgeon Bay City Council Tuesday evening. City fathers have been getting an “earful” from residents who say the changes made after the Michigan Street bridge was rehabbed have led to confusion on several levels. Oddly enough, the traffic pattern at the busy west side intersection hasn’t been in place all that long, having been implemented about four years ago after the Maple to Oregon Street bridge opened & the Michigan Street bridge closed for renovation. Alderman Bob Schlicht, chairman of the Parking & Traffic Committee, said the intersection is problematic in several ways…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/N897.mp3|titles=Alderman Bob Schlicht]
Schlicht also said on occasion, on a given day & at a given time, the intersection becomes busier than any in the city. His committee recommended a new configuration, based on talks with law enforcement. But Mayor Thad Birmingham said it was not time to make yet another change at the intersection…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/N898.mp3|titles=Mayor Thad Birmingham]
The city street department has been given the task of marking the streets as they were before & putting up signage to that effect. The changeover is expected to be completed as quickly as possible.