Steve Noel from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation addressed a small gathering of people Tuesday on a possible detour route through the city while the Bayview Bridge is being repaired next year. Noel pointed out that the original plan called for traffic to be routed over the Oregon Street Bridge, however, after input from a local business group, it was decided to take traffic over the Michigan Street Bridge so drivers would be exposed to the city’s downtown area. While a final decision has yet to be made, the consensus is that traffic from the south would be taken down Green Bay Road & Madison Avenue to the Michigan Street Bridge, over the bridge to Michigan Street & out to Highway 42/57. The north route would funnel traffic up Egg Harbor Road to Jefferson Street, from Jefferson Street to 3rd Avenue, from 3rd to the bridge & over, then out Madison Avenue to Green Bay Road & the highway. Noel said the goal is to work in cooperation with the City of Sturgeon Bay.
The Sturgeon Bay Parking & Traffic Committee will make a recommendation to the full city council on how best to route traffic through the city during the bridge work. Chairman of the committee Bob Schlicht pointed out that his committee has been considering the matter for over a year. Schlicht suggested that anyone who has an opinion on how traffic should be routed through the city should contact their alderman.