Information on 41-related closures and other information can be found online at http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/
Concrete piers rise from a construction site near the intersection of Wisconsin 29 and U.S. 41 in Green Bay. / Lukas Keapproth/Press-Gazette Media
The project to improve and upgrade U.S. 41 is making a difference in the lives, and commutes, of Brown County motorists.
But it’s not over yet. Not by a long shot.
The $1 billion project to bring up the roadway to interstate standards has been underway since2010 and will continue another four years.
The 14-mile project in Brown County is on budget, said Kurt Peters, U.S. 41 design project manager.
“We’re quite fortunate with how local traffic has operated in the area with reduced lane width, overall things (are going) quite well,” Peters said. “When planning, we look at traffic volume, when we can close a road, viable alternative routes, that all plays into whether we can do night closures. Obviously, if we’re going to do some bridge demolition, we have to completely close the roadway underneath for a period of time.”
What to expect
This year, work will continue on the Wisconsin 29 interchange. Work will begin soon on the 41 interchange with I-43. The Lineville Road interchange also will be under construction in 2013, but it will stay open with lane and ramp closures. Construction from De Pere north to Ashwaubenon will be in full swing with nearly all of U.S. 41 in Brown County either completed or under construction by late 2013.
The Hansen Road overpass in Ashwaubenon will be closed for more than a year, from August until September 2014.
“Considering the magnitude of this project, the county, state and communities have done a pretty good job of maintaining traffic flow and minimizing closures,” said Cole Runge, principal planner for the Brown County Planning Department. “They may have to close a few lanes on occasion, but it’s been pretty minimal and a lot of that happened at night.”
Ashwaubenon Village Mike Aubinger voiced concerns about the length of time Hansen Road will be closed, but said the yearlong closure is the only way to finish the project.
The state Department of Transportation has made an effort to let people know about closures and alternate routes, said Steve Grenier, Green Bay public works director.
“If this were a rural project, not within a city limit, nighttime construction is a big way of doing business, especially … when traffic volumes drop off at night,” Grenier said. “But the city has noise ordinances … so we worked on mitigation strategies so they wouldn’t be making construction noise in the hours we don’t allow it.”
Mason Street interchange
Construction on the Mason Street interchange was a six-month, $29 million project within the 41 undertaking. When the roadway reopened in July, the new interchange replaced the bridge over U.S. 41 and included the addition of three multi-lane roundabouts.
More than 40 roundabouts are already in place in the county, so motorists have adjusted well to the three new roundabouts on Mason Street, Runge said.
Grenier said people have been getting used to the addition, and the more frequently they navigate the roundabouts, the more comfortable they feel with them.
More than 37,000 drivers use Mason Street every day.
“Traffic flows around the roundabouts very smoothly,” Runge said. “We haven’t been able to collect a lot of data for the interchanges. But for another project, we did a traffic turning movement count at the Scheuring Road roundabout at Lawrence and PDQ. Traffic flow at peak periods are very smooth.”
Additional roundabouts are in planning stages, and are being considered for future projects, he said.
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