GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A construction project on Webster Avenue in Green Bay starts June 12, and the city says drivers can anticipate delays in the area.
Work is happening between Porlier and Mason Streets, in front of two hospitals.
Crews are reconstructing the pavement, water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and traffic lights.
"The last thing in the world you want to do is spend a whole lot of money and put a brand new road there and a couple of weeks later you have a water main break and you have to dig up that brand new pavement," said Steve Grenier, Green Bay Public Works director. "You want to make sure the utilities underneath the road have a lifespan that's at least and preferably exceeding the pavement we're putting on top."
There will be an all-way stop at the intersections with Cass Street and Porlier Street. Traffic will be down to one lane in each direction on Webster Avenue.
Drivers can expect occasional lane closures on Cass Street and Porlier Street.
The city says drivers will always have access to Bellin and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital during this project.
Bellin Health says patients will need to allow extra time to get to appointments. They're urging patients to avoid Webster Avenue due to the anticipated back-ups.
The hospital lists these alternate routes:
"Motorists approaching from the west are advised to take S. Monroe Avenue to Porlier Street and access the hospital campus via S. Van Buren Street. Those approaching from the east, north and south are advised to take S. Baird Street/Libal Street to Eliza Street to S. Van Buren."
“This is necessary work that will ultimately improve conditions for drivers and pedestrians along Webster Avenue,” said Chris Lyga, Bellin Health Maintenance Operations team leader. “We are doing everything we can to limit inconvenience for those who access our hospital campus, and we thank them in advance for their patience as this project proceeds.”
The construction project is expected to be finished by November.