Friday, May 29, 2009

Why Spend The Money, "U.S. 41/Wisconsin 29" Interchange

From the Green Bay Press.

Why Are we spending all this money and make all these changes if we all will drive the Obama cars.

"U.S. 41/Wisconsin 29 interchange to get 8 roundabouts
DOT holds public meeting on project, set for 2011

By Malavika Jagannathan • • May 28, 2009

About 50 people attended a public meeting Wednesday evening to see the changes proposed by the Department of Transportation for the interchange of U.S. 41 and Wisconsin 29, including eight roundabouts.

The interchange is pegged for major reconstruction between 2011 and 2015 to separate regional traffic between the freeways from local traffic on Shawano Avenue.

About 160,000 vehicles will travel through U.S. 41 and Wisconsin 29 in 2035, according to the DOT.

Hobart resident Tuf Zimmer, who lives in the Indian Trails neighborhood, said he feels more positive about the project after seeing the information presented at the meeting but is concerned with the eight roundabouts being installed at intersections and ramps.

"I'm going to have to go through seven if I want to go to Fleet Farm, and that's my concern," Zimmer said.

"But 10 years from now it'll be good."

Eight interchanges along the highway in Brown County will be reconstructed as part of a massive U.S. 41 reconstruction project.

The improvements on Wisconsin 29 will occur concurrently with the interchange work. That work is planned for 2011, although the exact schedule has yet to be mapped out, U.S. 41 communications manager Kris Schuller said.

Other changes include a frontage road between Brown County J and Packerland Drive, an interchange at Packerland Drive, a free flow interchange between Wisconsin 29 and U.S. 41, reconstruction of Taylor Street between Dousman Street and the railroad crossing south of Shawano Avenue and roundabouts at various intersections.

Keith Schuch of ELS Escort Limousine received a letter from the DOT about the meeting and came with the concern that his business's larger vehicles and stretch limos wouldn't fit around the roundabouts.

But Schuch, who lives near Wisconsin 29 and whose business is located on Hinkle Street, thinks the project will be a nice addition to the area.

"I think it'll be great when it's done, but it's going to be a headache while it's being built," Schuh said.

♦ Read the DOT fact sheet on the project." U.S. 41/Wisconsin 29 interchange to get 8 roundabouts | | Green Bay Press-Gazette


steveegg said...

Because the asphalt lobby bought both halves of the bipartisan Party-In-Government, and the 11 roundabouts will kill traffic even if Obama and Doyle get ousted in their next elections.

Paul - Berry Laker said...

Hey Steve, your should be fishing up nort.

Yea, I hear you with the asphalt lobby.

Enjoy the vacation.